Facilitation of drug entry into the CNS via transient permeation of blood brain barrier: laboratory and preliminary clinical evidence from bradykinin receptor agonist, Cereport

Brain Res Bull. 2003 May 15;60(3):297-306. doi: 10.1016/s0361-9230(03)00043-1.


One novel approach of transporting drugs into the central nervous system (CNS) involves the activation of receptors on the endothelial cells comprising the blood brain barrier (BBB). Recently the selective B(2) bradykinin receptor agonist, Cereport (also called RMP-7), has been shown to transiently increase permeability of the BBB. Although initially developed to increase the permeability of the vasculature feeding glioma, recent studies have demonstrated that Cereport also increases the delivery of pharmacological agents across the normal (i.e. nontumor) BBB. In this review paper, we discuss evidence of enhanced CNS delivery of carboplatin, loperamide, and cyclosporin-A, which are accompanied by enhanced chemotherapeutic, analgesic and neuroprotective effects, respectively. These observations suggest feasibility of Cereport as an adjunct therapy to pharmacological treatments that require drug availability in the CNS to exert therapeutic efficacy. Because many potential drugs for CNS disorders normally do not cross the BBB, Cereport-induced transient permeation of BBB stands as an efficacious strategy for enhancing pharmacotherapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood-Brain Barrier / drug effects
  • Blood-Brain Barrier / physiology*
  • Bradykinin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Bradykinin / pharmacology*
  • Bradykinin / therapeutic use
  • Capillary Permeability / drug effects
  • Capillary Permeability / physiology*
  • Central Nervous System / drug effects
  • Central Nervous System / metabolism
  • Central Nervous System / physiology
  • Drug Combinations
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Bradykinin / drug effects
  • Receptors, Bradykinin / physiology*


  • Drug Combinations
  • Receptors, Bradykinin
  • RMP 7
  • Bradykinin