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Current Drug Metabolism


ISSN (Print): 1389-2002
ISSN (Online): 1875-5453

Disposition of Pharmacologically Active Dietary Isoflavones in Biological Systems

Author(s): Wahajuddin, Isha Taneja, Sumit Arora, Kanumuri Siva Rama Raju and Nida Siddiqui

Volume 14, Issue 4, 2013

Page: [369 - 380] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1389200211314040002

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Dietary isoflavones, popularly known as phytoestrogens, represent one of the most biologically active classes of flavonoids. Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies provide convincing evidence regarding their beneficial effects on human health. These isoflavones are increasingly being investigated as potential alternate therapies for a range of hormone-dependent conditions, including cancer, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases. However, they exhibit poor oral bioavailability which limits their clinical utility in humans. The reason being, they are substrates of a plethora of enzymes and transporters and undergo extensive conjugative metabolism which facilitates their rapid elimination from biological systems. In addition, a number of experimental studies have also revealed that these isoflavones are potent inhibitors of various cytochrome P450 isoforms and transporters which play an important role in the disposition of many commonly prescribed drugs. Thus, there arise chances of observing clinically relevant herb-drug interactions which could sometimes be life-threatening. This review gives a comprehensive understanding of these dietary phytoestrogens with regard to their absorption, biodistribution and the role of enzyme-transporter interplay affecting their disposition in biological systems. Further, the effects of these phytoestrogens on the activity and kinetics of drug metabolizing enzymes and various clinically relevant influx/efflux transporters and the resulting diet-drug interactions have also been discussed.

Keywords: Conjugates, disposition, efflux transporters, enteric recirculation, isoflavones, phase II metabolism.

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