Prediction of biliary excretion in rats and humans using molecular weight and quantitative structure-pharmacokinetic relationships

AAPS J. 2009 Sep;11(3):511-25. doi: 10.1208/s12248-009-9124-1. Epub 2009 Jul 11.


The aims were (1) to evaluate the molecular weight (MW) dependence of biliary excretion and (2) to develop quantitative structure-pharmacokinetic relationships (QSPKR) to predict biliary clearance (CL(b)) and percentage of administered dose excreted in bile as parent drug (PD(b)) in rats and humans. CL(b) and PD(b) data were collected from the literature for rats and humans. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was utilized to determine whether a MW threshold exists for PD(b). Stepwise multiple linear regression (MLR) was used to derive QSPKR models. The predictive performance of the models was evaluated by internal validation using the leave-one-out method and external test groups. A MW threshold of 400 Da was determined for PD(b) for anions in rats, while 475 Da was the cutoff for anions in humans. MW thresholds were not present for cations or cations/neutral compounds in either rats or humans. The QSPKR model for human CL(b) showed a significant correlation (R (2) = 0.819) with good prediction performance (Q (2) = 0.722). The model was further assessed using a test group, yielding a geometric mean fold-error of 2.68. QSPKR models with significant correlation and good predictability were also developed for CL(b) in rats and PD(b) data for anions or cation/neutral compounds in rats and humans. Both CL(b) and PD(b) data were further evaluated for subsets of MRP2 or P-glycoprotein substrates, and significant relationships were derived. QSPKR models were successfully developed for biliary excretion of non-congeneric compounds in rats and humans, providing a quantitative prediction of biliary clearance of compounds.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bile / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Weight
  • Pharmacokinetics*
  • Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship
  • ROC Curve
  • Rats