ATC Group: A16AX Various alimentary tract and metabolism products

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Various alimentary tract and metabolism products

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Various alimentary tract and metabolism products



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Eliglustat is a potent and specific inhibitor of glucosylceramide synthase, and acts as a substrate reduction therapy (SRT) for GD1.

Glycerol phenylbutyrate is a nitrogen-binding medicinal product. Urea cycle disorders (UCDs) are inherited deficiencies of enzymes or transporters necessary for the synthesis of urea from ammonia (NH3, NH4+). Absence of these enzymes or transporters results in the accumulation of toxic levels of ammonia in the blood and brain of affected patients. Glycerol phenylbutyrate is indicated for use as adjunctive therapy for chronic management of patients with urea cycle disorders (UCDs).

Migalastat is a pharmacological chaperone that is designed to selectively and reversibly bind with high affinity to the active sites of certain mutant forms of ╬▒-Gal A, the genotypes of which are referred to as amenable mutations. Migalastat binding stabilizes these mutant forms of ╬▒-Gal A in the endoplasmic reticulum and facilitates their proper trafficking to lysosomes.

Miglustat is an inhibitor of glucosylceramide synthase, the enzyme responsible for the first step in the synthesis of most glycolipids. Miglustat is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with mild to moderate type 1 Gaucher disease and for the treatment of progressive neurological manifestations in patients with Niemann-Pick type C disease.

Nitisinone is a competitive inhibitor of 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase, an enzyme which precedes fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase in the tyrosine catabolic pathway. By inhibiting the normal catabolism of tyrosine in patients with hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 (HT-1), nitisinone prevents the accumulation of the toxic intermediates maleylacetoacetate and fumarylacetoacetate.

Sapropterin is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring 6R-BH4, which is a cofactor of the hydroxylases for phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan. The rationale for administration of sapropterin in patients with BH4-responsive PKU is to enhance the activity of the defective phenylalanine hydroxylase and thereby increase or restore the oxidative metabolism of phenylalanine. The rationale for administration of sapropterin in patients with BH4 Deficiency is to replace the deficient levels of BH4, thereby restoring the activity of phenylalanine hydroxylase.

Sodium phenylbutyrate is a pro-drug and is rapidly metabolised to phenylacetate. Phenylacetate is a metabolically active compound that conjugates with glutamine via acetylation to form phenylacetylglutamine which is then excreted by the kidneys. On a molar basis, phenylacetylglutamine is comparable to urea (each containing 2 moles of nitrogen) and therefore provides an alternate vehicle for waste nitrogen excretion.

Teduglutide is an analogue of GLP-2. The naturally occurring human glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) is a peptide secreted by L cells of the intestine which is known to increase intestinal and portal blood flow, inhibit gastric acid secretion, and decrease intestinal motility. In several nonclinical studies, teduglutide has been shown to preserve mucosal integrity by promoting repair and normal growth of the intestine through an increase of villus height and crypt depth.

Both the prodrug (telotristat ethyl) and its active metabolite (telotristat) are inhibitors of L-tryptophan hydroxylases (TPH1 and TPH2, the rate limiting steps in serotonin biosynthesis). Serotonin plays a critical role in regulating several major physiological processes, including secretion, motility, inflammation, and sensation of the gastrointestinal tract, and is over-secreted in patients with carcinoid syndrome. Through inhibition of peripheral TPH1, telotristat reduces the production of serotonin, thus alleviating symptoms associated with carcinoid syndrome.

Trientine is a copper-chelating agent whose principal mechanism of action is to eliminate absorbed copper from the body by forming a stable complex that is then eliminated through urinary excretion. Trientine may also chelate copper in the intestinal tract and so inhibit copper absorption.

The active moiety in zinc acetate is zinc cation, which blocks the intestinal absorption of copper from the diet and the reabsorption of endogenously secreted copper.