Intraocular pharmacokinetics of 10-fold intravitreal ranibizumab injection dose in rabbits

Hyeong Min Kim, Young Joo Park, Simin Lee, Joo Young Son, Hye Kyoung Hong, Min Hee Ham, Xuanyou Jin, Jaeyong Chung, Kyu Hyung Park, Ki Dong Park, Se Joon Woo

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Purpose: To investigate intraocular pharmacokinetics of 10-fold dose of intravitreally injected ranibizumab compared with the conventional dose in an experimental model. Methods: Ranibizumab 30 μL at 10 mg/mL (conventional) and 100 mg/mL (10-fold) doses was injected separately into each eye of 28 rabbits. Ranibizumab concentrations in the aqueous humor, vitreous, and retina were estimated at each time period after injection, using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The pharmacokinetic properties of ranibizumab were determined using a one-compartment model in all three ocular tissues. The time–concentration profile and predictive trends were plotted to determine drug efficacy in the retina. Results: Maximum concentrations after conventional and 10-fold dosing were observed in the retina at 1 and 4 days after injection, respectively. The half-life of ranibizumab after conventional and 10-fold dosing did not differ in the anterior chamber and vitreous, whereas the half-life was prolonged approximately twice with the 10-fold dose in the retina (36.74 h vs. 76.85 h) and serum (91.93 h vs. 179.01 h). Similarly, the estimated time for ranibizumab concentration in the retina over 27 ng/mL (minimum effective concentration of ranibizumab) was prolonged approximately twice with the 10-fold dose (1315 h [55 days] vs. 2393 h [100 days]). No adverse effects were observed in either group. Conclusions: The retinal half-life and concentration of ranibizumab in rabbit eyes were increased approximately twice after a 10-fold dose compared with the conventional dose. This finding indicates a possibility to lengthen the injection interval to improve the efficacy of ranibizumab in human eyes. Translational Relevance: Our results highlight the potential for clinical application of a high-dose (10-fold) of anti-VEGF agents to prolong the intravitreal injection intervals, simultaneously improving the drug efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
JournalTranslational Vision Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Concentration
  • Efficacy
  • Intravitreal
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Ranibizumab

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