Dec 6, 2017

Stabilizers of edaravone aqueous solution and their action mechanisms. 2. Glutathione

Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
Masahiko TanakaYorihiro Yamamoto

Abstract

Edaravone (3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one) has garnered attention since its approval for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Japan (2015) and the United States (2017). Edaravone is administered intravenously, and as such, is distributed in the form of an aqueous solution. However, aqueous solutions of edaravone are very unstable because they present as edaravone anions, which become edaravone radicals when the anion donates an electron to free radicals including oxygen. In this study, glutathione (GSH) stabilized an aqueous edaravone solution during storage at 60°C for 4 weeks, and prevented the formation of potentially carcinogenic phenylhydrazine, while cysteine did not. One possible explanation is that GSH undergoes intermolecular hydrogen bonding with edaravone anions, while cysteine does not, as it favors intramolecular hydrogen boding. The combination of GSH and sodium bisulfite (NaHSO3) stabilized aqueous edaravone at room temperature for more than 1 year even under aerobic conditions. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned that NaHSO3 may cause allergic reactions. Therefore, we developed a stable edaravone aqueous solution without using NaHSO3, namely a combination of GSH with deoxygenation, which re...Continue Reading

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Study
Phenylmethylpyrazolone
Free Radicals
Radicals (chemistry)
Glutathione Measurement
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Sodium bisulfite
Pharmacologic Substance
Cysteine
Glutathione

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