Paclitaxel induces significant changes in epidoxorubicin distribution in mice

T. Colombo, O. Gonzalez Paz, M. Zucchetti, M. Maneo, C. Sessa, A. Goldhirsch, M. D'Incalci

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Background: Inhibition of Pgp can affect the distribution and the pharmacokinetics of anthracyclines, causing marked changes in their toxicity. Since both paclitaxel and cremophor are substrates of Pgp, it was hypothesized that they could modify the pharmacokinetics of anthracyclines in a similar fashion. Purpose of the study: To evaluate whether pretreatment of mice with cremophor or paclitaxel dissolved in cremophor could induce changes in the distribution of epidoxorubicin (EpiDx). Materials and methods: Male CDF1 mice were treated with ethanol or cremophor or paclitaxel and 30 min later with EpiDx (15 mg/kg i.v.). EpiDx serum and tissue levels were determined at several time points after EpiDx treatment by high pressure liquid chromotagraphy (HPLC) assay coupled with fluorimetric detection. Results: Pretreatment with paclitaxel dissolved in cremophor induced a highly significant increase in EpiDx levels in all tissues examined including heart. At 8 h heart levels in mice treated with EpiDx alone, EpiDx and cremophor and EpiDx and paclitaxel were 8.3 μg/g, 10.9 μg/g and 16.7 μg/g (P <0.01), respectively. Cremophor alone induced a similar increase in spleen EpiDx levels but had only a moderate effect on heart and lung EpiDx levels. Levels of doxorubicin (Dx) aglycone in kidney and liver of mice treated with paclitaxel and EpiDx were higher than those in mice treated with EpiDx alone. Conclusions: A pharmacokinetic interaction between paclitaxel and EpiDx was clearly demonstrated in mice. The much higher tissue levels of EpiDx after paclitaxel pretreatment may be the reason for the increased toxicity of EpiDx when administered soon after paclitaxel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-805
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996


  • Epidoxorubicin
  • Interactions
  • Paclitaxel
  • Pharmacokinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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