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  • 1.
    Boiso, Samuel
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Zackrisson, Anna Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Jakobsen Falk, Ingrid
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Tillmar, Andreas
    Natl Board Forens Med, Dept Forens Genet and Forens Toxicol, Linkoping, Sweden .
    Kugelberg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hägg, Staffan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Green, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    ABCB1 gene polymorphisms are associated with suicide in forensic autopsies2013In: Pharmacogenetics & Genomics, ISSN 1744-6872, E-ISSN 1744-6880, Vol. 23, no 9, p. 463-469Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Polymorphisms in ABCB1 have the ability to affect both the function and the expression of the transporter protein P-glycoprotein and may lead to an altered response for many drugs including some antidepressants and antipsychotics.Objective The aim of this study was to examine the impact of the ABCB1 polymorphisms 1199Gandgt;A, 1236Candgt;T, 2677Gandgt;T/A, and 3435Candgt;T in deaths by suicide.Patients and methods A total of 998 consecutive Swedish forensic autopsies performed in 2008 in individuals 18 years of age or older, where femoral blood was available and a toxicological screening had been performed, were investigated. Genotypes were assessed with pyrosequencing and information on the cause and manner of each death was obtained from the forensic pathology and toxicology databases.Results There was a significantly higher frequency of the T allele at positions 1236, 2677, and 3435 among the suicide cases compared with the nonsuicide cases.Conclusion Our result from forensic cases suggests that ABCB1 polymorphisms are associated with an increased risk for completed suicides. The biological mechanisms involved and the clinical implications for these findings are largely unknown and need to be examined further.

  • 2.
    Karlsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    P-glycoprotein and chiral antidepressant drugs: Pharmacokinetic, pharmacogenetic and toxicological aspects2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is formed by the capillary endothelial cells, joined together by tight junctions, with transporter proteins. BBB acts to regulate the brain concentrations of substances including many drugs. Transport across the cells is necessary for a drug to ensure that the drug reaches the site of action and transport proteins such as P-glycoprotein (P-gp; ABCB1) can limit the entrance into various tissues, including the brain.

    Molecules that are not superimposable on their mirror images and thus exist in two enantiomeric forms (enantiomers) are said to be chiral. A racemic compound is one composed of a 50:50 mixture of two enantiomers, S- and R-enantiomers. Two examples of frequently prescribed racemic drugs are the chiral antidepressants venlafaxine (VEN) and citalopram (CIT). The enantiomers of VEN possess different pharmacodynamic profiles where the R-enantiomer is a potent inhibitor of both serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake (SNRI), while the S-enantiomer is more selective in inhibiting serotonin reuptake (SSRI). The SSRI effect of CIT resides in the S-enantiomer, whereas the R-enantiomer is considered to be therapeutically inactive, or even that it counteracts the effects. The S-enantiomer of CIT is now available as a separate SSRI (escitalopram, EsCIT). VEN and CIT are also among the most commonly found drugs in forensic autopsy cases.

    Few previous studies have examined a possible enantioselective activity of P-gp. Thus, the general aim of this thesis was to study the enantiomeric distribution of chiral antidepressant drugs, focusing on the role of P-gp in the BBB. For this purpose, a mouse model disrupted of the genes coding for P-gp (abcb1ab (-/-) mice) was used. Brain and serum concentrations of the enantiomers of VEN and CIT, and their major metabolites, were compared to the corresponding wild-type mice (abcb1ab (+/+) mice). The open-field locomotor and rearing activities were examined after chronic VEN administration. In addition to the animal studies, genetic and toxicological aspects of P-gp were studied in a forensic autopsy material, where intoxication cases were compared with cases that were not related to intoxications.

    The brain to serum concentration ratios for VEN, CIT and EsCIT differed between knockout mice and wild-type mice, with 2-3 fold higher brain concentrations in mice with no expression of P-gp. Hence, all studied drugs, and their major metabolites, were substrates for P-gp. There was no evidence for a stereoselective P-gp mediated transport. The P-gp substrate properties were reflected in the open-field behavior test where the knockout mice displayed increased center activity compared with wild-type mice following chronic VEN exposure. The genotype distribution of ABCB1 SNPs C1236T, G2677T and C3435T in VEN positive cases was significantly (or borderline) different between the intoxication cases and the non-intoxication cases. This difference in genotype distribution was not observed for the CIT positive cases.

    To conclude, the present work has led to an increased knowledge about how the enantiomers of VEN and CIT are affected by the BBB transporter P-gp. Using an animal model, VEN and CIT have proved to be actively transported out of the brain by P-gp and no difference was observed for the enantiomers with regard to P-gp transport. Further, the ABCB1 genotype distribution was different in intoxication cases compared with non-intoxication cases. Taken together, these findings offer the possibility that the expression of P-gp in humans may be a contributing factor for limited treatment response and increased risk of side-effects following antidepressant drug treatment.

    List of papers
    1. Blood-brain barrier penetration of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites in mice lacking P-glycoprotein
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    2010 (English)In: European Neuropsychopharmacology, ISSN 0924-977X, E-ISSN 1873-7862, Vol. 20, no 9, p. 632-640Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    According to in vitro studies the enantiomers of venlafaxine display different degrees of serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibition. Therefore, clarification of the enantiomeric drug distribution between serum and brain is highly warranted. To elucidate if P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in a stereoselective manner transports venlafaxine and its metabolites out of the brain we used abcb1ab double-knockout mice that do not express P-gp. A single dose of racemic venlafaxine (10 mg/kg bw) was intraperitoneally injected to knockout (-/-) and wildtype (+/+) mice. Serum and brain samples were collected 1, 3, 6 and 9 h following drug administration for analysis by LC/MS/MS. One to six hours post-dose, the brain concentrations of venlafaxine, O-desmethylvenlafaxine and N-desmethylvenlafaxine were 2-3, 2-6 and 3-12 times higher in abcb1ab (-/-) mice compared to abcb1ab (+/+) mice, respectively. No major differences in the serum and brain disposition of the S- and R-enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites were found between the groups. We conclude that P-gp decreases the penetration of the S- and R-enantiomers of venlafaxine and its major metabolites into the brain. No evidence of a stereoselective P-gp mediated transport of these substances was observed.

    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58805 (URN)10.1016/j.euroneuro.2010.04.004 (DOI)20466523 (PubMedID)
    Note
    Original Publication: Louise Karlsson, Ulrich Schmitt, Martin Josefsson, Björn Carlsson, Johan Ahlner, Finn Bengtsson, Fredrik C Kugelberg and Christoph Hiemke, Blood-brain barrier penetration of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites in mice lacking P-glycoprotein, 2010, European Neuropsychopharmacology, (20), 9, 632-640. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.euroneuro.2010.04.004 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2010-08-27 Created: 2010-08-27 Last updated: 2017-12-12
    2. Effects on enantiomeric drug disposition and open-field behavior after chronic treatment with venlafaxine in the P-glycoprotein knockout mice model
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    2011 (English)In: Psychopharmacology, ISSN 0033-3158, E-ISSN 1432-2072, Vol. 215, no 2, p. 367-377Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Our results show that P-gp at the blood-brain barrier plays an important role in limiting brain entry of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites after chronic dosing. Taken together, the present pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic findings offer the possibility that the expression of P-gp in patients may be a contributing factor for limited treatment response.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Springer, 2011
    Keywords
    abcb1ab . Blood–brain barrier . Knockout mice . P-glycoprotein . Pharmacodynamic . Pharmacokinetic .Venlafaxine
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68038 (URN)10.1007/s00213-010-2148-5 (DOI)000289985700016 ()21191569 (PubMedID)
    Note
    The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com: Louise Karlsson, Christoph Hiemke, Björn Carlsson, Martin Josefsson, Johan Ahlner, Finn Bengtsson, Ulrich Schmitt and Fredrik C Kugelberg, Effects on enantiomeric drug disposition and open-field behavior after chronic treatment with venlafaxine in the P-glycoprotein knockout mice model., 2011, Psychopharmacology, (215), 2, 367-377. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-010-2148-5 Copyright: Springer Science Business Media http://www.springerlink.com/Available from: 2011-05-06 Created: 2011-05-06 Last updated: 2017-12-11
    3. Altered brain concentrations of citalopram and escitalopram in P-glycoprotein deficient mice after acute and chronic treatment
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Altered brain concentrations of citalopram and escitalopram in P-glycoprotein deficient mice after acute and chronic treatment
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    2013 (English)In: European Neuropsychopharmacology, ISSN 0924-977X, E-ISSN 1873-7862, Vol. 23, no 11, p. 1636-1644Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Background: According to both in vitro and in vivo data P-glycoprotein (P-gp) may restrict the uptake of several antidepressants into the brain, thus contributing to the poor success rate of current antidepressant therapies. The therapeutic activity of citalopram resides in the Senantiomer, whereas the R-enantiomer is practically devoid of serotonin reuptake potency. To date, no in vivo data are available that address whether the enantiomers of citalopram and its metabolites are substrates of P-gp.

    Methods: P-gp knockout (abcb1ab (-/-)) and wild-type (abcb1ab (+/+)) mice underwent acute (single-dose) and chronic (two daily doses for 10 days) treatment with citalopram (10 mg/kg) or escitalopram (5 mg/kg). Serum and brain samples were collected 1-6 h after the first or last i.p. injection for subsequent drug analysis by an enantioselective HPLC method. Results: In brain, 3-fold higher concentrations of S- and R-citalopram, and its metabolites, were found in abcb1ab (-/-) mice than in abcb1ab (+/+) mice after both acute and chronic citalopram treatments. After escitalopram treatment, the S-citalopram brain concentration was 3-5 times higher in the knockout mice than in controls.

    Conclusions: The results provide novel evidence that the enantiomers of citalopram are substrates of P-gp. Possible clinical and toxicological implications of this finding need to be further elucidated.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2013
    Keywords
    Citalopram, enantiomers, escitalopram, mice knockout, P-glycoprotein
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76122 (URN)10.1016/j.euroneuro.2013.01.003 (DOI)000328014700033 ()
    Available from: 2012-03-28 Created: 2012-03-28 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
    4. ABCB1 gene polymorphisms in forensic autopsy cases positive for citalopram and venlafaxine
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>ABCB1 gene polymorphisms in forensic autopsy cases positive for citalopram and venlafaxine
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    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    P-glycoprotein (P-gp), encoded by the ABCB1/MDR1 gene, is a drug transporter expressed on e.g. the endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier which regulates the efflux of many drugs. Several polymorphisms in the ABCB1 gene are known to affect the activity and/or expression of P-gp, thereby influencing the treatment response and toxicity of P-gp substrates. It has previously been shown that the antidepressant drugs citalopram and venlafaxine are actively transported out of the brain by P-gp using a mouse model. In the present study we aimed to investigate the frequency of ABCB1 genotypes in forensic autopsy cases positive for these two antidepressants. Further, the distribution of ABCB1 genotypes in deaths related to intoxication was compared to cases not associated to drug intoxication. The present study included 228 forensic autopsy cases positive for venlafaxine and citalopram with different causes of deaths. The ABCB1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) G1199A, C1236T, C3435T and G2677T/A for these individuals were determined by Pyrosequencing. The SNPs C1236T, G2677T and C3435T in venlafaxine positive cases were significantly different between the intoxication cases and non-intoxications. The latter novel finding should, however, be confirmed in future studies with larger number of cases.

    Keywords
    ABCB1, citalopram, forensic material, genotype, postmortem, venlafaxine
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76125 (URN)
    Available from: 2012-03-28 Created: 2012-03-28 Last updated: 2013-09-03Bibliographically approved
  • 3.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Andersson, Mikael
    National Board Forens Med, Department Forens Genet and Forens Toxicol, SE-58758 Linkoping, Sweden.
    Kronstrand, Robert
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Radiological Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Mephedrone, Methylone and 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Induce Conditioned Place Preference in Mice2014In: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, ISSN 1742-7835, E-ISSN 1742-7843, Vol. 115, no 5, p. 411-416Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last decade, there has been a worldwide increase in popularity and abuse of synthetic cathinones. Common ingredients of the so-called bath salts include mephedrone, methylone and 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). Relatively little information about the pharmacology and addiction potential of these drugs is available. We used the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm to explore the reinforcing effects of three different synthetic cathinones. The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether mephedrone, methylone and MDPV induce CPP in mice. The secondary aims were to investigate a possible dose-response CPP and whether the synthetic cathinones induce higher CPP than amphetamine at equal dose. C57BL/6 mice were conditioned to mephedrone, methylone, MDPV and amphetamine at doses of 0.5, 2, 5, 10 or 20mg/kg (i.p.). During the conditioning, the mice received two training sessions per day for 4days. All four tested drugs showed a significant place preference compared with controls. Mice conditioned with MDPV (5 and 10mg/kg) displayed a greater preference score compared to mice conditioned with amphetamine (5 and 10mg/kg). Our findings show that mephedrone, methylone and MDPV produce CPP equal or higher than amphetamine strongly suggesting addictive properties. Given the public health concern of abuse, future pharmacological studies are necessary to fully understand the effects of these drugs.

  • 4.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Hiemke, Christoph
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Schmitt, Ulrich
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Altered brain concentrations of citalopram and escitalopram in P-glycoprotein deficient mice after acute and chronic treatment2013In: European Neuropsychopharmacology, ISSN 0924-977X, E-ISSN 1873-7862, Vol. 23, no 11, p. 1636-1644Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: According to both in vitro and in vivo data P-glycoprotein (P-gp) may restrict the uptake of several antidepressants into the brain, thus contributing to the poor success rate of current antidepressant therapies. The therapeutic activity of citalopram resides in the Senantiomer, whereas the R-enantiomer is practically devoid of serotonin reuptake potency. To date, no in vivo data are available that address whether the enantiomers of citalopram and its metabolites are substrates of P-gp.

    Methods: P-gp knockout (abcb1ab (-/-)) and wild-type (abcb1ab (+/+)) mice underwent acute (single-dose) and chronic (two daily doses for 10 days) treatment with citalopram (10 mg/kg) or escitalopram (5 mg/kg). Serum and brain samples were collected 1-6 h after the first or last i.p. injection for subsequent drug analysis by an enantioselective HPLC method. Results: In brain, 3-fold higher concentrations of S- and R-citalopram, and its metabolites, were found in abcb1ab (-/-) mice than in abcb1ab (+/+) mice after both acute and chronic citalopram treatments. After escitalopram treatment, the S-citalopram brain concentration was 3-5 times higher in the knockout mice than in controls.

    Conclusions: The results provide novel evidence that the enantiomers of citalopram are substrates of P-gp. Possible clinical and toxicological implications of this finding need to be further elucidated.

  • 5.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Green, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Zackrisson, Anna Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Jakobsen Falk, I
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    ABCB1 gene polymorphisms are associated with fatal intoxications involving venlafaxine but not citalopram2013In: International journal of legal medicine (Print), ISSN 0937-9827, E-ISSN 1437-1596, Vol. 127, no 3, p. 579-586Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    P-glycoprotein (P-gp), encoded by the ABCB1/MDR1 gene, is a drug transporter at the blood–brain barrier. Several polymorphisms in the ABCB1 gene are known to affect the activity and/or expression of P-gp, thereby influencing the treatment response and toxicity of P-gp substrates like citalopram and venlafaxine. In this study, we aimed to investigate the frequency of ABCB1 genotypes in forensic autopsy cases involving these two antidepressants. Further, the distribution of ABCB1 genotypes in deaths related to intoxication was compared to cases not associated to drug intoxication. The study included 228 forensic autopsy cases with different causes and manners of deaths. The ABCB1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) G1199A, C1236T, C3435T and G2677T/A for these individuals were determined. The SNPs C1236T and C3435T in venlafaxine-positive cases were significantly different between the intoxication cases and non-intoxications. This was not seen for cases involving citalopram, indicating that the effect of genetic variants might be substrate specific. This novel finding should, however, be confirmed in future studies with larger number of cases.

  • 6.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Green, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Zackrisson, Anna Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Jakobsen Falk, Ingrid
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    ABCB1 gene polymorphisms in forensic autopsy cases positive for citalopram and venlafaxineManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    P-glycoprotein (P-gp), encoded by the ABCB1/MDR1 gene, is a drug transporter expressed on e.g. the endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier which regulates the efflux of many drugs. Several polymorphisms in the ABCB1 gene are known to affect the activity and/or expression of P-gp, thereby influencing the treatment response and toxicity of P-gp substrates. It has previously been shown that the antidepressant drugs citalopram and venlafaxine are actively transported out of the brain by P-gp using a mouse model. In the present study we aimed to investigate the frequency of ABCB1 genotypes in forensic autopsy cases positive for these two antidepressants. Further, the distribution of ABCB1 genotypes in deaths related to intoxication was compared to cases not associated to drug intoxication. The present study included 228 forensic autopsy cases positive for venlafaxine and citalopram with different causes of deaths. The ABCB1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) G1199A, C1236T, C3435T and G2677T/A for these individuals were determined by Pyrosequencing. The SNPs C1236T, G2677T and C3435T in venlafaxine positive cases were significantly different between the intoxication cases and non-intoxications. The latter novel finding should, however, be confirmed in future studies with larger number of cases.

  • 7.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hiemke, Christoph
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany .
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Josefsson, Martin
    Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic Medicine, Artillerigatan 12, Sweden.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Schmitt, Ulrich
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany .
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Effects on enantiomeric drug disposition and open-field behavior after chronic treatment with venlafaxine in the P-glycoprotein knockout mice model2011In: Psychopharmacology, ISSN 0033-3158, E-ISSN 1432-2072, Vol. 215, no 2, p. 367-377Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Our results show that P-gp at the blood-brain barrier plays an important role in limiting brain entry of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites after chronic dosing. Taken together, the present pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic findings offer the possibility that the expression of P-gp in patients may be a contributing factor for limited treatment response.

  • 8.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kingbäck, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Josefsson, M
    Rättsmedicinalverket, Rättskemi.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Forensic Science and Toxicology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Schmidt, U
    Tyskland.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hiemke, Ch
    Tyskland.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Penetration of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites into the brain in mice lacking P-glycoprotein (mdr1ab)2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Schmitt, Ulrich
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
    Josefsson, Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hiemke, Christoph
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
    Blood-brain barrier penetration of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites in mice lacking P-glycoprotein2010In: European Neuropsychopharmacology, ISSN 0924-977X, E-ISSN 1873-7862, Vol. 20, no 9, p. 632-640Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    According to in vitro studies the enantiomers of venlafaxine display different degrees of serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibition. Therefore, clarification of the enantiomeric drug distribution between serum and brain is highly warranted. To elucidate if P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in a stereoselective manner transports venlafaxine and its metabolites out of the brain we used abcb1ab double-knockout mice that do not express P-gp. A single dose of racemic venlafaxine (10 mg/kg bw) was intraperitoneally injected to knockout (-/-) and wildtype (+/+) mice. Serum and brain samples were collected 1, 3, 6 and 9 h following drug administration for analysis by LC/MS/MS. One to six hours post-dose, the brain concentrations of venlafaxine, O-desmethylvenlafaxine and N-desmethylvenlafaxine were 2-3, 2-6 and 3-12 times higher in abcb1ab (-/-) mice compared to abcb1ab (+/+) mice, respectively. No major differences in the serum and brain disposition of the S- and R-enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites were found between the groups. We conclude that P-gp decreases the penetration of the S- and R-enantiomers of venlafaxine and its major metabolites into the brain. No evidence of a stereoselective P-gp mediated transport of these substances was observed.

  • 10.
    Karlsson, Louise
    et al.
    Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Zackrisson, Anna Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linköping, Sweden.
    Josefsson, M
    Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linköping, Sweden; 3Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Green, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Forensic Genetics andForensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linköping, Sweden.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linköping, Sweden.
    Influence of CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 genotypes on venlafaxine metabolic ratios and stereoselective metabolism in forensic autopsy cases.2015In: The Pharmacogenomics Journal, ISSN 1470-269X, E-ISSN 1473-1150, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 165-71Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigated whether polymorphisms in the CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 genes influence the metabolic ratios and enantiomeric S/R ratios of venlafaxine (VEN) and its metabolites O-desmethylvenlafaxine (ODV), N-desmethylvenlafaxine (NDV) and N,O-didesmethylvenlafaxine (DDV) in blood from forensic autopsy cases. In all, 94 postmortem cases found positive for VEN during toxicological screening were included. The CYP2D6 genotype was shown to significantly influence the ODV/VEN (P=0.003), DDV/NDV (P=0.010) and DDV/ODV (P=0.034) ratios. The DDV/ODV (P=0.013) and DDV/VEN (P=0.021) ratios were significantly influenced by the CYP2C19 genotype. The S/R ratios of VEN were significantly influenced by both CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 genotypes. CYP2D6 poor metabolizers (PMs) had lower S/R VEN ratios and CYP2C19 PMs had high S/R ratios of VEN in comparison. Our results show that the CYP2D6 genotype influences the O-demethylation whereas CYP2C19 influences the N-demethylation of VEN and its metabolites. In addition, we show a stereoselective metabolism where CYP2D6 favours the R-enantiomer whereas CYP2C19 favours the S-enantiomer.

  • 11.
    Kingbäck, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Josefsson, Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Karlsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Stereoselective determination of venlafaxine and its three demethylated metabolites in human plasma and whole blood by liquid chromatography with electrospray tandem mass spectrometric detection and solid phase extraction2010In: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, ISSN 0731-7085, E-ISSN 1873-264X, Vol. 53, no 3, p. 583-590Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A stereoselective method is described for simultaneous determination of the S- and R-enantiomers of venlafaxine and its three demethylated metabolites in human plasma and whole blood samples. This validated method involved LC/MS/MS with positive electrospray ionization and solid phase extraction. Chromatographic separation was performed on a 250 mm x 2.1mm Chirobiotic V column with a total run time of 35 min. In plasma, calibration curves were in the range of 1-1000 nM for the S- and R-enantiomers of venlafaxine and O-desmethylvenlafaxine, and 0.5-500 nM for N-desmethylvenlafaxine and N,O-didesmethylvenlafaxine. In whole blood the corresponding concentrations were 10-4000 and 5-2000 nM, respectively. The intra-day precision was <6.3% and the inter-day precision was <9.9% for plasma and <15% and <19% for whole blood. LLOQ ranged between 0.25 and 0.5 nM. No ion suppression/enhancement or other matrix effects were observed. The method was successfully applied for determination of venlafaxine and its metabolites in plasma from patients and whole blood samples from forensic autopsy cases.

  • 12.
    Kingbäck, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Josefsson, Martin
    Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology,National Board of Forensic Medicine.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Pharmacokinetic Differences in the Disposition of the Enantiomers of Venlafaxine and Its Metabolites in Sprague-Dawley and Dark Agouti RatsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Venlafaxine is a frequently prescribed racemic antidepressant drug worldwide, consisting of two enantiomers that exhibit similar but not identical biological activity profiles. Venlafaxine is extensively metabolised by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) system. CYP2D6 is involved in the formation of O-desmethylvenlafaxine (Odm-venlafaxine) and CYP3A4 in the formation of Ndesmethylvenlafaxine (Ndm-venlafaxine). The female Dark Agouti and Sprague-Dawley rats are considered the animal counterparts of the human CYP2D6 poor and extensive metaboliser phenotypes, respectively. Since CYP2D6 seems to play a major role in the metabolism of venlafaxine, the aim of this work was to study possible differences in the pharmacokinetics of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its metabolites in these two different rat strains. Following single administration of racemic venlafaxine (15 mg/kg) serum and brain samples were collected and the concentrations of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its three major metabolites were determined using an enantioselective LC/MS/MS method. Higher serum and brain concentrations of venlafaxine were observed in Dark Agouti rats as compared to Sprague-Dawley rats (p=0.0002). In relation to the Odm-venlafaxine concentration, the Ndmvenlafaxine concentrations were much higher in Dark Agouti rats than in Sprague-Dawley rats (p<0.0001). The enantiomeric (S/R) venlafaxine ratios were almost two times higher in Dark Agouti rats than in Sprague-Dawley rats, which was observed in both serum and brain (p<0.0001). The present results give hints for possible differences in the pharmacokinetics of venlafaxine in human extensive and poor metaboliser CYP2D6 phenotype subjects.

  • 13.
    Kingbäck, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Zackrisson, Anna-Lena
    National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linköping, Sweden.
    Josefsson, Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linköping, Sweden.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Bengtsson, Finn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kugelberg, Fredrik C
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Influence of CYP2D6 genotype on the disposition of the enantiomers of venlafaxine and its major metabolites in postmortem femoral blood2012In: Forensic Science International, ISSN 0379-0738, E-ISSN 1872-6283, Vol. 214, no 1-3, p. 124-134Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Venlafaxine (VEN) is an antidepressant drug mainly metabolized by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme CYP2D6 to the active metabolite O-desmethylvenlafaxine (ODV). VEN is also metabolized to N-desmetylvenlafaxine (NDV) via CYP3A4. ODV and NDV are further metabolized to N,O-didesmethylvenlafaxine (DDV). VEN is a racemic mixture of the S- and R-enantiomers and these have in vitro displayed different degrees of serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibition. The aim of the study was to investigate if an enantioselective analysis of VEN and its metabolites, in combination with genotyping for CYP2D6, could assist in the interpretation of forensic toxicological results in cases with different causes of deaths. Concentrations of the enantiomers of VEN and metabolites were determined in femoral blood obtained from 56 autopsy cases with different causes of death. The drug analysis was done by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) and the CYP2D6 genotyping by PCR and pyrosequencing. The mean (median) enantiomeric S/R ratios of VEN, ODV, NDV and DDV were 0.99 (0.91), 2.17 (0.93), 0.92 (0.86) and 1.08 (1.03), respectively. However, a substantial variation in the relationship between the S- and R-enantiomers of VEN and metabolites was evident (S/R ratios ranging from 0.23 to 17.6). In six cases, a low S/R VEN ratio (mean 0.5) was associated with a high S/R ODV ratio (mean 11.9). Genotyping showed that these individuals carried two inactive CYP2D6 genes indicating a poor metabolizer phenotype. From these data we conclude that enantioselective analysis of VEN and ODV can predict if a person is a poor metabolizer genotype/phenotype for CYP2D6. Knowledge of the relationship between the S- and R-enantiomers of this antidepressant drug and its active metabolite is also important since the enantiomers display different pharmacodynamic profiles.

  • 14.
    Martinsson, Klara
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Molecular and Immunological Pathology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kleinau, Sandra
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Hultman, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Molecular and Immunological Pathology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
    The effect of activating and inhibiting Fc-receptors on murine mercury-induced autoimmunity2008In: Journal of Autoimmunity, ISSN 0896-8411, E-ISSN 1095-9157, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 22-29Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fc-receptors for IgG (FcgammaR) link cellular and humoral immune responses, controlling the balance between activating and inhibitory immune responses, and are involved in autoimmune diseases. Mercury (Hg) induces an autoimmune condition in genetically (H-2(s,q,f)) susceptible mice characterized by lymphoproliferation, hypergammaglobulinemia and IgG antinucleolar antibodies (ANoA). Here we investigate the role of activating (FcgammaRI, FcgammaRIII) and inhibitory (FcgammaRIIb) Fc-receptors on mercury-induced autoimmunity (HgIA) using DBA/1 mice (H-2(q)) with targeted FcgammaR mutations and wild type (wt) mice. Mice deficient for the FcRgamma-chain or FcgammaRIII and treated with 15 mg/L HgCl(2) showed a delayed and attenuated IgG1, IgG2a and IgG2b ANoA response compared to wt mice. Female Hg-treated FcgammaRIIB(-/-) mice showed a significant increased of IgG2b ANoA development compared to wt mice. The total serum IgG1 response due to Hg was attenuated in FcRgamma(-/-) and FcgammaRIII(-/-) mice compared to wt mice. Hg-treated FcgammaRIIB(-/-) mice showed an increase of both serum IgG1 and IgE compared to wt mice. We conclude that FcgammaRIII is of importance for the rapidity and final strength of the ANoA response and the increase in serum IgG1 in HgIA, while lack of FcgammaRIIb increases the IgG2b ANoA response and the serum IgG1 and IgE response.

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