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Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Vol. 47 (1999) No. 7 P 1024-1028



Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a highly lipophilic compound present in the inner mitochondrial membrane, is essential for production of celllar energy in the form of ATP. CoQ10 is used as an antioxidant and also in the treatment of various cardiovascular disorders. The relative bioavaliabilities of powder filled capsule (I) and oil-based formulation (II) of CoQ10 were compared in beagle dogs in an open, randomized, multiple dose, cross-over design. Poor and slow absorption characteristics were observer for both the formulations. The AUC, Cmax, and Tmax for formulation I and II are comparable (p<0.05) where the values for formulation I are 22.84±6.3μg ml-1h, 0.51±0.11μg/m, and 6.1±2.0h whereas the values for foumulation Ii are 24.32±5.6μg ml-1h, 0.55±0.16μg/ml, and 6.6±2.3h, respectively. Stability of CoQ10 at various temperature and humidity conditions and its photostability were studied. Various antioxidants were evaluated to determine the type and amount of antioxidant(s) required to improve the stability of CoQ10. Large extent of degradation was observed at 45°Cand 55°C. The effect of humidity conditions on degradation was insignificant. Among the various antioxidants studied, mixture of ascorbic acid (5%) and EDTA (0.1%) offered better protection than phenolic antioxidants such as butylated hydroxy anisole (BHA), butylated hydroxy toluene (BHT), or propyl gallate (PG). Further, increasing concentrations of phenolic antioxidants (from 0.1 to 0.3%) accelerated the degradation.

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