Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Online ISSN : 1347-8648
Print ISSN : 1347-8613
ISSN-L : 1347-8613
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Evaluation of the Therapeutic Index of a Novel Phosphodiesterase 4B–Selective Inhibitor Over Phosphodiesterase 4D in Mice
Osamu SuzukiKiyoshi MizukamiMaki EtoriYoshitaka SogawaNana TakagiHiroshi TsuchidaKiyoshi MorimotoTaiji GotoToshiharu YoshinoTsuyoshi MikkaichiKazuki HiraharaSatoshi NakamuraHiroaki Maeda
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2013 Volume 123 Issue 3 Pages 219-226


Phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors have been developed for the treatment of pulmonary inflammatory diseases, but their clinical use was dose-limited by mainly gastric adverse effects. Recent studies suggested PDE4B-selective inhibitors over PDE4D are supposed to display a wider therapeutic index than subtype non-selective PDE4 inhibitors such as roflumilast. Compound A was identified as an orally active PDE4B-selective inhibitor over PDE4D both in humans (80-fold selective) and mice (29-fold selective). In this study, the therapeutic effects of compound A and roflumilast were evaluated on lipopolysaccaride (LPS) injection–induced plasma TNF-α elevation and on LPS inhalation–induced pulmonary neutrophilia in mice. The inhibitory effect on gastric emptying in mice was evaluated as a gastric adverse effect. The therapeutic index for TNF-α production (TITNF = ID50 in gastric emptying / ID50 in LPS injection–induced plasma TNF-α elevation) of compound A was larger than roflumilast (9.0 and 0.2, respectively), whereas the therapeutic index for pulmonary neutrophilia (TINeu = ID50 in gastric emptying / ID50 in LPS inhalation–induced pulmonary neutrophilia) of compound A was comparable to roflumilast (1.0 and 0.5, respectively). In conclusion, the TINeu of compound A was not superior compared to that of roflumilast in spite of its high selectivity for PDE4B over PDE4D in mice.

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