Preclinical pharmacokinetics and in vitro metabolism of dasatinib (BMS-354825): a potent oral multi-targeted kinase inhibitor against SRC and BCR-ABL

Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2008 Mar;61(3):365-76. doi: 10.1007/s00280-007-0478-8. Epub 2007 Apr 11.


Purpose: Dasatinib (BMS-354825), a potent oral multi-targeted kinase inhibitor against SRC and BCR-ABL, has recently been approved for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) in imatinib-acquired resistance and intolerance. In vitro and in vivo studies were conducted to characterize the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of dasatinib in mouse, rat, dog, and monkey. Possible mechanisms contributing to the incomplete oral bioavailability of dasatinib in animals were investigated.

Methods: Metabolic stability of dasatinib was measured after incubation with liver microsomes (either NADPH- or UDPGA-fortified) and isolated hepatocytes obtained from mouse, rat, dog, monkey, and human. In all cases, substrate depletion over time was measured, and appropriate scaling factors were used to predict in vivo clearance. Pharmacokinetics of dasatinib were determined in mice, rats, dogs, and monkeys after administration of single intravenous or oral doses. In addition, the routes of excretion were investigated after administration of dasatinib to bile duct cannulated (BDC) rats. Absorption and first-pass metabolism were evaluated as possible reasons for the incomplete oral bioavailability using various in vitro and in vivo models like Caco-2 cells, P-glycoprotein (P-gp) knockout mice, and intra-portal dosing in rats.

Results: In vivo systemic plasma clearance values of dasatinib were 62, 26, 25, and 34 ml/min/kg in mouse, rat, dog, and monkey, respectively. Scaling of in vitro hepatocyte and liver microsomal data gave reasonably good predictions of in vivo clearances across all species. Percent distribution in blood cells ranged from 43% in mouse to 57% in dog. Dasatinib showed high volumes of distribution (>3 l/kg) and high serum protein binding values (>90%) in all four species tested. Oral bioavailability of dasatinib ranged from 14% in the mouse to 34% in the dog. In rats, bioavailability after an intraportal dose was comparable to that after intra-arterial administration. In BDC rats, less than 15% of an intravenous dose was excreted unchanged in urine, bile, and the gastrointestinal tract, suggesting that dasatinib is cleared primarily via metabolism. Dasatinib has high intrinsic permeability in Caco-2 cells, however, the efflux ratio was approximately two-fold indicating that it may be a substrate for an intestinal efflux transporter. However, in vivo studies in P-gp knockout mice versus wild-type mice showed no difference in the amount of dasatinib remaining unabsorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, suggesting that P-gp may not be responsible for the incomplete bioavailability.

Conclusions: Dasatinib shows intermediate clearance in mouse, rat, dog, and monkey, and distributes extensively in those species. Oxidative metabolism appears to be the predominant clearance pathway. The incomplete oral bioavailability may be due to both incomplete absorption and high first-pass metabolism. However, the efflux transporter, P-glycoprotein does not appear to be limiting oral absorption.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1 / genetics
  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1 / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / metabolism
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacokinetics*
  • Biological Availability
  • Caco-2 Cells
  • Dasatinib
  • Dogs
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / metabolism
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacokinetics*
  • Haplorhini
  • Hepatocytes / drug effects
  • Hepatocytes / metabolism
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Macaca fascicularis
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Microsomes, Liver / enzymology
  • Microsomes, Liver / metabolism
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Protein Binding
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcr / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Pyrimidines / metabolism
  • Pyrimidines / pharmacokinetics*
  • Rats
  • Species Specificity
  • Thiazoles / metabolism
  • Thiazoles / pharmacokinetics*
  • Uridine Diphosphate Glucuronic Acid / metabolism
  • src-Family Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors*


  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Pyrimidines
  • Thiazoles
  • Uridine Diphosphate Glucuronic Acid
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases
  • src-Family Kinases
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcr
  • Dasatinib