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Remacemide is a drug which acts as a low-affinity NMDA antagonist with sodium channel blocking properties. It has been studied for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke, epilepsy, Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease.
Because remacemide has only a modest effect on seizure frequency and causes dizziness, it is no longer believed that remacemide will be an effective treatment for epilepsy. Although no such statement has been made about remacemide's potential for treating stroke, Huntington's, or Parkinson's, remacemide is no longer being developed for these conditions.
Lack of adverse effects
Unlike many other treatments for epilepsy, remacemide does not appear to impair cognitive performance or driving performance in humans, although the evidence for effects on cognitive performance in animals has been mixed. Remacemide is not a sedative.
The median toxic dose of remacemide for neural impairment tests in mice is 5.6 mg/kg. Its estimated median lethal dose is about 927.3 mg/kg in mice. It has a favorable therapeutic index of 28.1 in mice.
Remacemide delays the absorption of levodopa (300 mg of remacemide one hour before levodopa treatment delays mean time to peak levodopa plasma concentration by 20%) but not its total absorption (area-under-the-curve for levodopa plasma concentration was unchanged).
Remacemide does not interact with sodium valproate, a treatment for epilepsy.
Ramacemide does interact with carbamazepine. Remacemide inhibits the metabolism of carbamazepine, while carbamazepine induces the metabolism of remacemide and FPL 12495.
Remacemide is most commonly synthesized as the salt remacemide hydrochloride. However, there has been some investigation into other remacemide salts and their crystals, as different remacemide salts might taste more pleasant or have a solubility more suitable for a pediatric suspension formulation.
Mechanism of action
Remacemide binds weakly and noncompetitively to the ionic channel site of the NMDA receptor complex. Remacemide binds both allosterically and in the channel. However, because remacemide binds so weakly to NMDAR, much of remacemide's in vivo effect against excitotoxicity is thought to be caused by its metabolic transformation to the more potent desglycine derivative FPL 12495. That is, remacemide may actually act as a prodrug to deliver the active metabolite FPL 12495 to the central nervous system.
In a well validated and described genetic model of absence epilepsy, rats of the WAG/Rij strain, remacemide and its metabolite FPL 12495 were found to have a common for glutamate antagonist usual effect on the number of spike/wave dischargesEEG, the drugs decrease spike/wave dischanges dose dependently. However, in contrast to most other glutamate antagonists, FPL 12495 increased the duration of the spike-wave discharges.
The brain uptake index (BUI), a measure of a drug's ability to pass the blood–brain barrier that involves the injection of radiolabeled test and reference substances into the common carotid artery of anesthetized animals, for remacemide is 51 ± 0.9 SD.
Much of remacemide's effect in vivo is thought to be caused by the desglycine derivative FPL 12495 (±). FPL 12495 (±) binds specifically and non-competitively to NMDAR,. Its effect on maximal electroconvulsive shock is more potent than remacemide. The S isomer (FPL 12859) is even more potent than the racemic mixture, while the R isomer is less potent than the racemate.
FPL 14331 and FPL 14465
FPL 14991 and FPL 14981
FPL 14991 and FPL 14981 are both β-Miydroxy-desglycinates of remacemide, and they display modest efficacy against maximal electroconvulsive shock in mice. However FPL 14981 and not FPL 14991 prevents NMDLA-induced convulsions and mortality in mice.
FPL 13592 and FPL 15112
The hydroxy-methyl derivative of remacemide (FPL 13592) and its desglycinate (FPL 15112) prevents electric shock-induced convulsions only after i.v. administration; only the desglycine derivative binds to NMDAR.
Remacemide is an experimental drug most recently being developed by the British multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. However, there has been little news of its progress since 2000. A few sources indicate that its development has been discontinued.
Remacemide was one of the last drugs under development by the now-defunct English pharmaceutical company Fisons. In 1995, it was acquired along with most of Fisons' research and development operations by the Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra, which in 1999 merged with the British company Zeneca to form AstraZeneca. In 2000, AstraZeneca considered possibly licensing out remacemide to some other pharmaceutical company, but there has been little news about remacemide since then. Remacemide's development may have been discontinued in July 2001.
Discovery and development under Fisons
In 1990, researchers at Fisons found that remacemide acted as an anticonvulsant in mice and rats . Because of remacemide's potential as a neuroprotective agent through preventing glutamate toxicity, it was soon also under investigation as a treatment for Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.
By 1998, when Astra announced its merger with Zeneca, remacemide had progressed to Phase III trials for epilepsy and Phase II trials for Parkinson's disease, and Astra was also investigating its potential for treating neuropathic pain
In 1999, after the merger, AstraZeneca reported that they were investigating remacemide for its neuroprotective effects, and that they planned regulatory submissions for Huntington's Disease in 2001 and for Parkinson's disease and epilepsy in 2003.
Remacemide was last mentioned in AstraZeneca's reports on its R&D pipeline in 2000, when it was in Phase III clinical trials for remacemide in the treatment of Huntington's disease and Phase II for treatment of Parkinson's disease. At that time, the submission of the New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA and the Marketing Authorization Application to the CHMP was projected for Huntington's in 2001 and for Parkinson's after 2003, but there has been no news of such submission. In this report, it was also noted that remacemide was "under strategic review and a potential candidate for licensing activity" (see this external article about drug licensing.)
Remacemide is an experimental drug not available to the public and not currently undergoing clinical trials. It is available for research purposes from Tocris Bioscience, under license from AstraZeneca.
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