Background: CRTH2 is a G-protein-coupled receptor on T helper2 cells that mediates pro-inflammatory effects of prostaglandin D2 in allergic responses.
Objective: To investigate the tolerability and pharmacokinetics of setipiprant (ACT-129968), a selective orally active CRTH2 antagonist, in allergic asthmatics and to assess the protective effects of multiple doses of this drug against allergen-induced airway responses.
Methods: In this 3-centre, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, cross-over study, 18 allergic asthmatic males were randomized to setipiprant 1000 mg or matching placebo b.i.d. for 5 consecutive days. Study periods were separated by a washout of ≥ 3 weeks. On study day 4, subjects underwent a standardized allergen challenge and airway response was recorded by FEV1 until 10 h post-allergen. Airway responsiveness to methacholine and exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) were measured pre- and post-dosing. The effects of both treatments on the allergen-induced airway responses were compared by a paired Student's t-test.
Results: Fifteen subjects completed the study per-protocol and were included in the analysis. Overall, setipiprant was well tolerated and no clinically relevant adverse events occurred. Trough plasma concentrations showed a high inter-subject variability. Compared with placebo, setipiprant significantly reduced the allergen-induced late asthmatic response (LAR), inhibiting the area under the response vs. time curve (AUC(3-10 h) ) by on average 25.6% (P = 0.006) and significantly protected against the allergen-induced airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) to methacholine (P = 0.0029). There was no difference in the early asthmatic response (EAR) or in allergen-induced changes in eNO between treatments.
Conclusion and clinical relevance: Setipiprant at multiple oral doses was well tolerated and reduced both the allergen-induced LAR and the associated AHR in allergic asthmatics. Our findings confirm that CRTH2 may be a promising target for the treatment of allergic disorders.
Keywords: CRTH2 antagonist; allergen bronchoprovocation test; asthma; setipiprant.
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.