Research Journal of Clinical Pediatrics

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Drug measurements at the pharmacological target site for individualized pediatric cancer treatment

Cancer drug resistance is a consequence of a complex, multidimensional interplay between tumor, its environment and thernhost. Drugs are oft en assumed to distribute relatively homogeneously from plasma to tumor tissues. However, distributionrnof drug in tumors is highly variable and may not correlate with dose or plasma concentrations. Solid tumors are characterizedrnby a complex and unique microenvironment that consists of infi ltrating immune cells, low pH, dense interstitial matrix, highrninterstitial pressure, and abnormal blood and lymphatic vascular structures. Overexpression of drug effl ux transporters suchrnas P-glycoprotein (MDR1/ABCB1), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP/ABCG2), and transporters of the multidrugrnresistance-associated protein subfamily (MRP/ABCC) may also limit drug penetration in cancer cells or other (off ) targetrncells. Variability in these factors among cancer types may be a contributing factor why translation from adults to pediatricrnpatients often fails. Until recently, assessment of spatial drug distribution in cancer cells or other target cells and clinical implementation ofrnthese data was limited by technical challenges. New technologies such mass spectrometric and radiolabeled drug imagingrnaddress these challenges and illustrate the promise of applying imaging for optimal development and precision dosing andrncan be directly applied in pediatric dosing studies. In the presentation we will present an overview of our current knowledgernof the association between drug penetration in plasma and target (cancer) cells and their eff ect on tumor response and discussrnapproaches for performing measurements of drug uptake at the pharmacological target site in pediatric patients.

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