L-dopa pharmacokinetics studied with microdialysis in patients with Parkinson's disease and a history of malignant melanoma
1999 (English)In: Acta neurologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6314, Vol. 100, no 4, 231-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: The pharmacokinetics of free L-dopa in blood and tissue of five parkinsonian patients with malignant melanoma was studied with microdialysis. In one case the effect of L-dopa treatment on 5-S-cysteinyldopa and the melanoma was studied. Gastric emptying and its effects on free L-dopa in blood were also investigated in one of the patients.
METHODS: Five patients were given 100 mg L-dopa with 25 mg benserazide. Blood and dialysates from the circulation and fatty tissue were collected for analysis. [13C]-Octanoic breath test was used for analyzing gastric half-emptying time.
RESULTS: Four of the patients had similar pharmacokinetic patterns for L-dopa and a significant (P < 0.05) increase of serum 5-S-cysteinyldopa occurring 30 min after L-dopa intake. Delayed L-dopa peaks and slow gastric half-emptying time were found in 1 patient. A dose-dependent increase of 5-S-cysteinyldopa occurred but no melanoma metastases were seen during long-term L-dopa therapy.
CONCLUSION: L-dopa therapy increases 5-S-cysteinyldopa levels but does not seem to cause progress of melanomas. Gastric emptying impacts L-dopa pharmacokinetics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. Vol. 100, no 4, 231-237 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13529DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.1999.tb00386.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13529DiVA: diva2:20913