The broad-spectrum anti-emetic activity of the novel non-peptide tachykinin NK1 receptor antagonist GR203040
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1995 British Pharmacological Society
British Journal of Pharmacology
Volume 116, Issue 8, pages 3158–3163, December 1995
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Gardner, C.J., Twissell, D.J., Dale, T.J., Gale, J.D., Jordan, C.C., Kilpatrick, G.J., Bountra, C. and Ward, P. (1995), The broad-spectrum anti-emetic activity of the novel non-peptide tachykinin NK1 receptor antagonist GR203040. British Journal of Pharmacology, 116: 3158–3163. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.1995.tb15118.x
- Issue online: 19 JUL 2012
- Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2012
- Received July 12, 1995 Revised August 21, 1995 Accepted August 25, 1995
- tachykinin NK1 receptor;
- motion sickness;
- substance P
- 1Following our earlier observations that the tachykinin NK1 receptor antagonist CP-99,994 is an effective anti-emetic in ferrets, we have examined the anti-emetic effects of a more potent and novel NK1 receptor antagonist, GR203040, against various emetic stimuli in the ferret, dog and house musk shrew (Suncus murinus).
- 2In ferrets, GR203040 (0.1 mg kg−1 s.c. or i.v.) is effective against emesis induced by radiation, cisplatin, cyclophosphamide, copper sulphate, ipecacuanha or morphine.
- 3In animals in which emesis had been established with cisplatin, GR203040 (1 mg kg−1 s.c.) was fully effective as an interventional treatment. No further emesis was seen in animals treated with GR203040 whilst saline-treated animals continued to vomit.
- 4GR203040 (0.1 mg kg−1 s.c.) retains anti-emetic efficacy in the ferret, even when given as a 6 h pretreatment, indicating that this compound has a long duration of action. The compound is also effective orally at the same dose, when given as a 90 min pretreatment.
- 5GR203040 (0.1 mg kg−1 i.v.) is fully effective against ipecacuanha-induced emesis in the dog.
- 6GR203040 is effective against motion-and cisplatin-induced emesis in Suncus murinus. These effects were seen at doses an order of magnitude greater than those shown to be effective against cisplatin in the ferret.
- 7In conclusion, GR203040 is a novel anti-emetic agent, and the broad spectrum of anti-emetic activity, together with activity observed in three species, suggests that this compound is worthy of clinical investigation.