Clinical data
Trade names Lonasen
Routes of
ATC code none
Legal status
Legal status
  • ℞ (Prescription only)
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 55%.[1]
Metabolism CYP3A4[1]
Biological half-life 12 h[1]
Excretion 59% (urine), 30% (faeces)[1]
CAS Number 132810-10-7
PubChem (CID) 125564
ChemSpider 111697
KEGG D01176
Chemical and physical data
Formula C23H30FN3
Molar mass 367.50 g/mol
3D model (Jmol) Interactive image

Blonanserin (Lonasen) is a relatively new atypical antipsychotic (approved by PMDA in January 2008)[2] commercialized by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma in Japan and Korea for the treatment of schizophrenia.[3] Relative to many other antipsychotics, blonanserin has an improved tolerability profile, lacking side effects such as extrapyramidal symptoms, excessive sedation, or hypotension.[4] As with many second-generation (atypical) antipsychotics it is significantly more efficacious in the treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia compared to first-generation (typical) antipsychotics such as haloperidol.[5]

Medical Use

The use of atypical antipsychotics as a first-line treatment for schizophrenia is controversial. The National Institute of Mental Health’s CATIE trials suggest that atypical antipsychotics are not significantly more effective against negative symptoms of schizophrenia than typical antipsychotics.[6][7][8][9] Blonanserin contradicts these findings by demonstrating more efficacy in treating negative symptoms than the related typical antipsychotic haloperidol.[10] Despite its suggested advantages, blonanserin does not meet the criteria for Lipinski’s rule, indicating it may not have effective pharmacological or biological activity and predicting that it would not be successful in the clinical trial phases of drug development. Blonanserin is approved for treatment of schizophrenia in Japan and South Korea.[11] Blonanserin is not approved for the same use by the FDA.[11]


Blonanserin acts as a mixed 5-HT2A (Ki = 0.812 nM) and D2 receptor (Ki = 0.142 nM) antagonist and also exerts some blockade of α1-adrenergic receptors (Ki = 26.7 nM).[12][13] Blonanserin also shows significant affinity for the D3 receptor (Ki = 0.494 nM).[14] It lacks significant affinity for numerous other sites including the 5-HT1A, 5-HT3, D1, α2-adrenergic, β-adrenergic, H1, and mACh receptors and the monoamine transporters,[13] though it does possess low affinity for the sigma receptor (IC50 = 286 nM).[13]

Blonanserin has a relatively high affinity towards the 5-HT6 receptor perhaps underpinning its recently unveiled efficacy in treating the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia.[12][15] The efficacy of blonanserin can in part be attributed to its chemical structure, which is unique from those of other atypical antipsychotics.[16] Specifically, the addition of hydroxyl groups to blonanserin's unique eight membered ring results in the (R) stereoisomer of the compound demonstrating increased affinity for the indicated targets.[17]

Receptor Ki [nM] (Blonanserin)* [12] Ki [nM] (N-deethylblonanserin)* [3]
D1 1070 1020
D2 0.142 1.38
D3 0.494 0.23
D4 150 -
D5 2600 -
5-HT1A 804 -
5-HT2A 0.812 1.28
5-HT2C 26.4 4.50
5-HT6 11.7 5.03
5-HT7 183 -
α1 26.7 (Rat brain) 206 (Rat receptor)
α2 530 (Rat cloned) -
M1 100 -
H1 765 -

* Towards human receptors unless otherwise specified.


Blonanserin is administered 4 mg orally 2 times a day or 8 mg once a day, for an adult male with a body mass index between 19–24 kg/m2 and a body weight equal to or greater than 50 kg.[18] The drug is absorbed by a two compartment (central and peripheral) model with first-order absorption and elimination.[19] The half-life of blonanserin is dependent on the dose. A single dose of 4 mg has a half-life of 7.7 ± 4.63 h and a single dose of 8 mg has a half-life of 11.9 ± 4.3 h.[18] The increase of half-life with dose is possibly attributed to there being more individual concentration per time points below the lower limit necessary for quantification in the lower single dose.[18]

Blonanserin is not a charged compound and exhibits very little chemical polarity. The polar surface area of Blonanserin is 19.7 Å[20] It is commonly accepted that a compound needs to have polar surface area less than 90 Å to cross the blood brain barrier so blonanserin is expected to be quite permeable as is demonstrated by a high brain/ plasma ratio of 3.88.[21]

Due to the good permeability of blonanserin, the volume of distribution in the central nervous system is greater than that in the periphery (Vd central = 9500 L, Vd periphery = 8650 L) although it is slower to absorb into the central compartment.[19]

Despite some promising clinical trials[18][19] blonanserin has not met the criteria for Lipinski's rule.[20] A factor contributing to blonanserin’s failure to meet Lipinksi’s rule is that it has a relatively high molecular mass and successful lead compounds are expected to have a molecular mass less than 300 g/mol.

Effect of Feeding

Food intake slows the absorption of blonanserin and increases the bioavailability peripherally relative to centrally.[19] Single fasting doses are safe and the effects of feeding intake are possibly explained by an interaction between blonanserin and Cytochrome P450 3A4 in the gut.[18]

Action at the Dopamine-D3 receptor

The unique indication of blonanserin is antagonistic action at dopamine-D3 receptors (link edit) in the medial prefrontal cortex that potentiates phosphorylation levels of Protein kinase A (PKA) and counteracts decreased activity at the dopamine-D1 and/or NMDA receptors, thus potentiating GABA induced Cl- currents and resulting in improvements in cognitive performance.[14][22] Other atypical antipsychotics, such as olanzapine, fail to show comparable efficacy to rescue PKA activity.[14][23] Many antipsychotics, such as haloperidol, chlorpromazine, risperidone and olanzapine primarily antagonize serotonin 5-HT2A and dopamine-D2 receptors and lack known action at dopamine-D2/3 receptors.[14][16]

Blonanserin action at dopamine-D3 receptor. Cartoon of blonanserin's antagonistic impact at the dopamine-D3 receptor, reversing inhibition of PKA activity (also regulated by dopamine-D1 and NMDA activity) thus potentiating GABA induced Cl- current. Inset illustrates uninterrupted dopamine (DA) activity at the dopamine-D3 receptor. Inspired by Hida et al. (2014) and Yokota et al. (2002).[14][22]

Side Effects

As with many of the atypical antipsychotics, blonanserin can elicit cardio metabolic risks. While the side effects of blonanserin – such as weight gain, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, glucose levels and other blood lipid levels – do not differ greatly from other atypical antipsychotics, the specificity of blonanserin appears to elicit milder side effects, with less weight gain in particular.[5]

See also


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