Pharmacokinetics quantitatively how the body affects a specific drug after administration through the mechanisms of absorption and distribution, as well as the chemical changes of the substance in the body (e.g. by metabolic enzymes such as cytochrome P450 or glucuronosyltransferase enzymes), and the effects and routes of excretion of the metabolites of the drug. Usually 4 steps are inovlved in the pharmacokinetics procedure:
Absorption: the process of a substance entering the blood circulation;
Distribution: the dispersion/dissemination of substances throughout the body fluids, tissues and organs;
Metabolization: the recognition and irreversible transformation of parent compounds into daughter metabolites by metabolic enzymes;
Excretion: the removal of the substances from the body.
The two phases of metabolism and excretion can also be grouped together under the title elimination. The metabolites, Phase I or Phase II, maybe activated drugs (if the original compound is pre-drug), less toxic, or even more poisonous compounds, also need to be identified and quantified. The parameters would be directly measured and calculated using professional bioinformatics software WinNonlin, which is widely accepted by the academic and pharmaceutical industry. And in order to obtain a quantitative description of the ADME procedure, the parameters below are usually utilized:
|Cmax||The peak plasma concentration of a drug after administration;|
|tmax||Time to reach Cmax;|
|Cmin||The lowest (trough) concentration that a drug reaches before the next dose is administered;|
|Vd||Volume of distribution|
|ke||Elimination rate constant|
|AUC||Area under the curve|
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