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Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling of oral mitiglinide on glucose lowering in healthy Chinese volunteers
© The Author(s). 2017
Received: 22 December 2016
Accepted: 26 June 2017
Published: 4 July 2017
Mitiglinide is a widely used agent for diabetic treatment. We established a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) model to illustrate the relationship between mitiglinide plasma concentration and its glucose lowering effects in healthy volunteers.
The volunteers participated in the test after the administration of a single dose of 10 mg mitiglinide. The drug concentration in Plasma and the values of glucose levels were determined by LC-MS/MS assay and hexokinase method. A PK-PD model was established with a series of equations to describe the relationship between plasma medicine and glucose, and the equations were solved numerically and fitted to the data with the Phoenix NLME software.
The results of the two-compartment model analysis were based on the maximum likelihood criterion and visual inspection of the fittings. The terminal elimination half-life (t 1/2) was 1.69 ± 0.16 h and the CL/F was 7.80 ± 1.84 L/h. The plasma glucose levels began to decline by 0.2 h, and hit its bottom decreasing values of 2.6 mg/L at 0.5 h after administration. The calculated parameter and fitting curve indicated that the model established in our experiment fitted well.
A PK/PD model illustrates that the relationship between mitiglinide concentration in plasma and glucose lowering effect in healthy volunteers was established. The results of our experiment suggested that the model can be used reasonably to predict the relationship between PK and PD in mitiglinide, which could be used in diabetes mellitus dosage control in clinical trials and other fields.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus, which affects approximately 11% of adults in the U.S. and 8% worldwide , is resulted from a progressive decline in insulin action and the reduced response of β-cells to insulin [2, 3]. ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels exists widely in pancreatic cells, cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscles, and central nervous system . Different KATP-channel may exist in different tissues, Kir6.2/SUR1 for β-cells, some neurons cardiac, Kir6.2/SUR2A for skeletal KATP-channels, and Kir6.2/SUR2B for vascular smooth muscle KATP-channels .
Mitiglinide is a rapid acting drug for diabetic drugs, which is selectively active on KATP channel of Kir6.2/SUR1 [6, 7]. Previous study has demonstrated that the preprandial administration of mitiglinide was benefit for postprandial hyperglycemia and glycemic control . A series of sensitive HPLC-MS/MS methods have been used to determine the pharmacokinetics (PK) properties of mitiglinide in rats  and humans. The PK property of 24 volunteers who received oral administration mitiglinide at a single dose from 5 to 20 mg/kg was studied . The maximum plasma concentration (C max ) in volunteers with mitiglinide from 5 to 20 mg/kg was 565.30 and 2625.26 ng/mL respectively, and the terminal half-life (T 1/2 ) was 1.19 and 1.43 h respectively. Pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic population model-based studies may suggest an accurate model to provide information for impact assessment of the treatment . The relationship between the pharmacokinetics of mitiglinide and the drug effects has not been studied in humans. The objective of present study is to measure the relationship between plasma drug concentration and its effects on healthy volunteers with oral administration. The experiment result may be used for prediction the therapeutic active of mitiglinide and its side effect profiles in clinic.
Mitiglinide (10 mg/tablet, lot no.14032011, expiration: 29/02/2016) was manufactured by Suzhong Pharma Co. Ltd., Jiangsu, China.
The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (IRB#2014NL-020-02). Eighteen healthy male volunteers participated in this study, with average age of 24 (ranging from 18 to 40) and average weight of 67.5 kg (ranging from 56 to 80 kg). All volunteers went through thorough physical examinations and routine laboratory evaluations, including haematology, serum chemistry, virus and urinalysis. None of the volunteers in this study took any drugs which would have affected this study for at least 3 months beforehand. The limitation of our study lies in the fact that subjects were excluded from health problems including drug or alcohol abuse, and the abnormalities in the experiment. All volunteers were informed of the purpose and possible risks before the test and they could withdraw from the test any time for any reason. Signed informed consent was obtained before any trial-related activities.
Subjects were fasted for 10 h before the experiment. An intravenous cannula was inserted into the forearm vein to collect blood samples at time zero. The test group took the agent with 250 mL of water after baseline sampling. All subjects were accommodated in the care unit in the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine during the test. Blood samples were taken at 0, 0.08, 0.17, 0.25, 0.33, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 2, 3 h after drug administration, centrifuged immediately for 10 min at 3000 rpm, and stored at −80 °C until analysis.
Analysis of the plasma drug concentrations and blood glucose levels
Plasma mitiglinide concentration was determined by the modification of the methods of Yu and Takanohashi [9, 12]. A 1200 HPLC system (Agilent technologies, Palo Alto, CA, USA) coupled with a triple-quadrupole tandem API 4000 mass spectrometer (AB/MDS-Sciex, Concord, Ontario, Canada) were used for analysis. Instrumental control and data processing was performed by the Analyst software (version 1.4.2). The LC separation was performed on an Agilent Zorbax SB-C18column (150 mm × 2.1 mm I.D., 3.5 μm, Agilent Technologies, Wilmington, DE, USA) with a security guard column (12.5 mm × 2.1 mm I.D., 5 μm, Agilent Zorbax SB-C18, DE, USA). The mobile phase consisted of methanol and deionized water (v:v, 60:40) containing 0.1% formic acid at a flow rate of 0.30 mL/min, the autosampler temperature was set at 15 °C and the column temperature was set at 30 °C. A MS detector with electrospray ionization (ESI) interface was used in our experiment and the positive ion mode was selected for quantitative analysis. Quantitation was detected by the multi-reaction-monitoring (MRM) mode of transitions of m/z 316.2 → 298.2 for Mitiglinide, m/z 318.2 → 120.2 for Nateglinide. The optimized conditions used for the ESI+ source were set as follows: capillary voltage 5.5 KV; turbo heater temperature 600 °C; curtain gas (CUR) 40 psi; collision activation dissociation (CAD) 8 psi; declustering potential (DP) 81 V; collision energy (CE) 23 eV for mitiglinide and 29 eV for IS respectively. Blood glucose concentration was examined by the glucose oxidase method with the use of an autoanalyzer (TosohG8, Japan).
Graphical and all other statistical analyses, including the evaluation outputs, were performed within the Phoenix platform .
Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model and data analysis
A means the amount of mitiglinide, A1 and A2 suggest the amounts of drug in the central and peripheral compartments respectively. The concentrations of mitiglinide in the central and peripheral compartment are represented as C and C2 respectively. The elimination clearances of the drug in the central and peripheral compartments are represented as CL and CL2 respectively. TV indicates the typical value of population mean, and η indicates the inter-individual variation. PK parameters were obtained by simultaneously fitting the plasma concentration data after oral administration of mitiglinide (10 mg) to volunteers using the 2-compartment PK model (Table 1).
Where E is the level of glucose in the plasma, E0 is the blood glucose maintained at a certain level in absence of the drug. C is the plasma concentration in the central compartment and Ce represents the plasma concentration in the effect compartment. Keo represents the glucose disappearance rate constant. TV represents the typical value of the population mean and η means the inter-individual variation, and the inter-individual variation for parameters with high shrinkage value (>0.5) were not included in the model.
Non-compartmental parameters for mitiglinide after a single 10 mg oral dose in healthy volunteers (mean ± SD, n = 18)
Mean ± SD
t 1/2 (h)
1.69 ± 0.16
T max (h)
7.80 ± 1.84
23.96 ± 7.23
1165.10 ± 357.50
AUC 0-t (ng/mL·h)
1489.60 ± 336.85
1497.20 ± 339.73
AUC0-t / AUC0-∞ (%)
99.51 ± 0. 16
Population modeling parameters for mitiglinide after a single 10 mg oral dose to healthy volunteers (mean ± SD, n = 18)
Mean ± SD
Inter-individual variability (CV %)
9.57 ± 2.38
0.09 ± 0.01
6.15 ± 0.33
0.03 ± 0.01
104.69 ± 11.37
9.85 ± 0.51
1.13 ± 0.08
4.65 ± 0.09
7.47 ± 1.89
1.66 ± 0.18
Based the results above, the two-compartment PK model of first-order absorption with a lag time and linear elimination conjunction with biophase PD model was developed which could capture both PK and PD profiles of mitiglinide in the present reasonably well.
Mitiglinide could reduce the early-phase insulin release and promote the controlling of the postprandial glucose levels with its ability to fasten insulin secretagogue . The characteristic of mitiglinide of anti-hyperglycemic can take effect more rapidly compared with sulphonylureas. The fast release of insulin within a few minutes was due to the rapid absorption rate of mitiglinide after oral administration . In the 90% confidence internal of geometric mean ratios, mitiglinide reached its peak plasma concentration (C max) and AUClast, which represented the area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time zero to the time of the last measurable concentration, were observed as 0.9694 (0.8120, 1.1573) and 0.8951 (0.8440, 0.9494), respectively . Mitiglinide could bind to the SUR and activate it in the pancreatic β-cells, which was considered as the mechanism of the drug underlying the therapeutic effect [20, 21]. In the present study, mitiglinide was given by oral administration and the short elimination half-life, t 1/2 (h) was 1.69. Therefore, the fast absorption in the first 2 h may be caused by the binding of the free form drug to the SUR. The total clearance (CL/F) was 7.79 mL/h in our study, which is comparable to rat (0.83 mL/h) in previous studies .
PK-PD modeling of glucose lowering effects
The characters of PK behaviors and its influences to the values of plasma glucose levels have been studied in several hypoglycemic drugs [23, 24]. Toshiyuki Takanohashi et al. reported the pk-pd. modeling methodology to describe the rapidity therapeutic effect of mitiglinide by using the receptor-binding-dissociation in rats . However, model of inhaled glucose in healthy humans has not been published previously. Phoenix platform is the commonly used software to investigate PK/PD characters depending on the 2-compartment model [25, 26]. Our study analyzed the effects of mitiglinide on glucose lowering after a single oral dose. The shorter duration action of mitiglinide and the decreasing glucose levels in plasma was described by a two-compartment model followed by the least-squares method. The fitting results were adequate, and the efficacy of the drug has been appropriated proposed by the empirical biexponential equation. Furthermore, the model is flexible for the concentration and efficiency of the drug. The T max (h) of mitiglinide was 0.25 (0.17–0.50) in our study and the glucose decrease reached its maximum.
Although mitiglinide is a commonly used and effective drug for diabetes mellitus in clinic, its side effects and the interaction remain to be studied further. A recent investigation shows that mitiglinide treatment could significantly decrease plasma fibroblast growth factor levels, which would have various effects on pancreatic islets . Our results may illustrate the physiological effects of mitiglinide and its relationship with plasma concentration. Different kinds of indirect response models can be used to explain the pk-pd. property of drug. In our study, we investigated glucose disappearance and mitiglinide concentration levels in plasma by building the pk-pd. modeling. The CWRES distribution of the final model uniformed on both sides of the zero line, and the value ranged between 2 and −2 indicating the minor differences in prediction model. The result of our research could describe the drug’s pharmacological action. The results of our experiment are benefit for study designs and appropriate dosage selection of diabetes mellitus in clinical trials.
A PK/PD model illustrates that the relationship between mitiglinide concentration in plasma and glucose lowering effect in healthy Chinese volunteers was established. The PK data of mitiglinide after oral administration were analyzed by a two-compartment model of first-order absorption with a lag time and linear elimination. The results of our experiment suggested that the model can be used reasonably to predict the relationship between PK and PD in mitiglinide. The established PK-PD model may be used to describe the drug’s pharmacological action. The results of our experiment are flexible for the concentration and efficiency of the drug and may be used for study designs and diabetes mellitus dosage control in clinical trials.
Availability of data and materials
All the data and material of the project are in availability and saved at Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.
The authors are grateful for the financial support provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81403174 and 81503300), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu province (No. BK20131035, BK20161610 and BK20151602), Jiangsu Provincial Medical Youth Talent (No. QNRC2016642) and the top six talent project of Jiangsu province 2016(WSN-051).
SL contributed to the main conception and design of the study, collection, analysis and interpretation of the data, performed statistical analysis and drafted the manuscript. PC contributed to the main conception and design. YZ revised the manuscript critically for important intellectual content; GD contributed to the main conception and design of the study, collection, analysis and interpretation of the data. BS performed some of the laboratory tests. YW performed some of the laboratory tests. AD revised the manuscript critically and gave final approval of the version to be published. WJ contributed to the main conception and design of the study, collection, analysis and interpretation of the data and gave final approval of the version to be published; All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Ethics approval and consent to participate
The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (IRB#2014NL-020-02). All subjects were informed in oral and written form that they could withdraw from the trial any time for any reason. Consent was obtained in written form before any trial-related activities, and the investigator retained the consent forms.
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