In Vivo and in Vitro Blood–Brain Barrier Transport of 3-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutaryl Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) Reductase Inhibitors

@article{Saheki1994InVA,
  title={In Vivo and in Vitro Blood–Brain Barrier Transport of 3-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutaryl Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) Reductase Inhibitors},
  author={Akira Saheki and Tetsuya Terasaki and Ikumi Tamai and Akira Tsuji},
  journal={Pharmaceutical Research},
  year={1994},
  volume={11},
  pages={305-311}
}
Among the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, lovastatin and simvastatin have central nervous system (CNS) side effects, such as sleep disturbance, whereas pravastatin does not. This difference in CNS side effects may be due to a difference in blood–brain barrier (BBB) permeability among these inhibitors. To test this hypothesis, we compared the BBB transport ability of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors by using an in vivo brain perfusion technique in rats and an in vitro culture system of bovine brain… CONTINUE READING