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Investigation of utilization of nanosuspension formulation to enhance exposure of 1,3-dicyclohexylurea in rats: Preparation for PK/PD study via subcutaneous route of nanosuspension drug delivery

Po-Chang Chiang*, Yingqing Ran, Kang-Jye Chou, Yong Cui and Harvey Wong

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Small Molecule Research. Genentech, 1 DNA Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:413  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-413

Published: 7 June 2011


1,3-Dicyclohexylurea (DCU), a potent soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor has been reported to lower systemic blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats. One limitation of continual administration of DCU for in vivo studies is the compound's poor oral bioavailability. This phenomenon is mainly attributed to its poor dissolution rate and low aqueous solubility. Previously, wet-milled DCU nanosuspension has been reported to enhance the bioavailability of DCU. However, the prosperities and limitations of wet-milled nanosuspension have not been fully evaluated. Furthermore, the oral pharmacokinetics of DCU in rodent are such that the use of DCU to understand PK/PD relationships of sEH inhibitors in preclinical efficacy model is less than ideal. In this study, the limitation of orally delivered DCU nanosuspension was assessed by a surface area sensitive absorption model and pharmacokinetic modeling. It was found that dosing DCU nanosuspension did not provide the desired plasma profile needed for PK/PD investigation. Based on the model and in vivo data, a subcutaneous route of delivery of nanosuspension of DCU was evaluated and demonstrated to be appropriate for future PK/PD studies.