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Mepolizumab volume of distribution

The population central volume of distribution of mepolizumab in patients with asthma is estimated to be 3.6 L for a 70-kg individual.

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What is Mepolizumab

Mepolizumab is a humanized IL-5 antagonist monoclonal antibody produced by recombinant DNA technology in Chinese hamster ovary cells. It has a molecular weight of approximately 149 kDa. It was approved by the FDA in November, 2015 for the treatment of asthma under the brand name Nucala (marketed by GlaxoSmithKline). Mepolizumab has been investigated in the treatment of severe nasal polyposis, among numerous other conditions.

Mepolizumab mechanism of action

Mepolizumab is an interleukin-5 antagonist (IgG1 kappa). IL-5 is the major cytokine responsible for the growth and differentiation, recruitment, activation, and survival of eosinophils. Mepolizumab binds to IL-5 with a dissociation constant of 100 pM, inhibiting the bioactivity of IL-5 by blocking its binding to the alpha chain of the IL-5 receptor complex expressed on the eosinophil cell surface. Inflammation is an important component in the pathogenesis of asthma. Multiple cell types (e.g., mast cells, eosinophils, neutrophils, macrophages, lymphocytes) and mediators (e.g., histamine, eicosanoids, leukotrienes, cytokines) are involved in inflammation. Mepolizumab, by inhibiting IL-5 signaling, reduces the production and survival of eosinophils; however, the mechanism of mepolizumab action in asthma has not been definitively established.

Dosage forms of Mepolizumab

FormRouteStrength
Injection, powder, for solutionsubcutaneous100 mg/mL
Powder for solutionsubcutaneous144 mg
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International Brands

Nucala

Synonyms

Manufacturers

Glaxosmithkline Inc

CAS number

196078-29-2

UNII

90Z2UF0E52

State

solid

Affected organisms

Humans and other mammals

Indication of Mepolizumab

Mepolizumab is indicated for add-on maintenance treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma, as identified by blood eosinophils greater than or equal to 150 cells/ l at initiation of treatment or blood eosinophils greater than or equal to 300 cells/ l in the past 12 months, in patients aged 12 years and older. Mepolizumab has been shown to reduce exacerbations of asthma in patients with an exacerbation history

Toxicity of Mepolizumab

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