Research - International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences ( 2021) Volume 10, Issue 6
Rolapitant: Effects of an Antiemetic Agent on the Growth of Developing Chick EmbryoVishram Singh, Yogesh Yadav and Sohel Solanki*
Sohel Solanki, Department of Anatomy, Santosh Medical College, Santosh University, Ghaziabad Delhi-NCR, India, Email: Sohail.firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 19-May-2021 Accepted Date: Jun 23, 2021 ; Published: 30-Jun-2021
Aim: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of Rolapitant, an antiemetic agent, on chick embryo development in 200 white leghorn chicken eggs used that met the inclusion-exclusion criteria.
Material and method: The present study utilized 200 eggs, randomly assigned to experimental groups A and B and control groups a and b. Eggs incubated in the presence of Rolapitant had their Rolapitant dose increased on the fifth day of incubation from 0.18 mg to 0.36 mg. In contrast to the control groups, all of the subjects in the treatment groups received the same amount of normal saline. Eggs were broken on the twentieth day of incubation, and embryos were extracted on the same day.
Results: The weight and CRL of the chick embryos were measured, and gross anatomical malformations were observed-the percentile lethality of Rolapitant increase with dose with the odds ratio of 1.175 and 1.313. While analyzing the abnormal weight and abnormal CR length due to the effects of Rolapitant, a significant difference was observed. In each case, an increased t-value concerning an increase in dose shows the lethality of Rolapitant.
Conclusion: The present study observed an increased mortality rate and a decrease in weight and crown-rump length following a double dose of Rolapitant. The author remanded additional research with a larger sample size to improve the current observation’s reliability and generalizability.
Rolapitant, Chick embryos, Antiemetic agent, Crown-rump length, Malformation
When a hen’s egg is laid, development has already begun, with a two-layered disc of many thousands of cells atop the yolk . During the next day or so of incubation, a series of events establishes the body axes and defines the location of the various organs. During the third and fourth days of incubation, the embryo’s major regions, such as the head, trunk, and tail, become visible, followed by the formation of specific organs such as limbs, eyes, and lungs . During the final stages of development, from ten to twenty or twenty-one days before the chick hatches, there is significant growth and differentiation of differentiated cells and tissues and ossification of the skeleton and feather formation .
Rolapitant hydrochloride is an orally active, highly selective, long-acting antagonist of the Neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1RA) with a high CNS penetrance . Rolapitant, a novel NK1RA inhibitor, was approved by the FDA in 2015 for delayed CINV prevention. Its 180-hour half-life is significantly greater than that of oral aprepitant (9h-13h) .
Rolapitant has been shown to protect against Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) during the overall risk period following chemotherapy, consistent with its pharmacokinetic profile. The addition of Rolapitant to a 5-HT3RA-dexamethasone regimen was evaluated in patients receiving Mild Emetogenic Cancer Chemotherapy (MEC) and High Emetogenic Cancer Chemotherapy (HEC) .
Rolapitant is a highly selective antagonist of the NK-1 receptor with a low affinity for the NK-2 or NK-3 receptors. Pharmacokinetic studies in animal models confirmed Rolapitant’s unique pharmacological properties as a potent competitive inhibitor of NK-1 .
Rolapitant is rapidly absorbed following oral administration and can be detected in plasma after 30 minutes; the maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) level is reached after 4 hours. Increases in dose result in an increase in systemic exposure to Rolapitant (for a dose increase of fourfold from the recommended clinical dose of 180 mg, the Cmax and area under the curve of Rolapitant increased by 3.1- and 3.7-fold, respectively, with no effect of fatty meal intake on its absorption .
The primary pharmacokinetic distinction between Rolapitant and other NK-1 RA is the absence of significant drugdrug interactions. While most reported drug-drug interactions with other NK-1RA occur due to the activation of the Cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme, the degree of interaction varies and may necessitate dose adjustments for concomitant medications such as dexamethasone .
CYP3A4 metabolizes Rolapitant, but neither inhibits nor activates this enzyme. Other drugs affect Rolapitant metabolism because they compete with the CYC3A4 enzyme, primarily as inducers. There are no dose adjustments necessary when using midazolam, ondansetron, or dexamethasone in combination with Rolapitant. Rifampicin is a CYP3A4 inducer, and concurrent use with Rolapitant is not recommended .
It is, however, a weak inhibitor of CYP2D6, Breast Cancer Resistance Protein (BCRP), and P-glycoprotein (P-gp). This necessitates close monitoring when used in conjunction with other CYP2D6 substrates such as digoxin. It is preferable to avoid concurrent use with thioridazine, as this may result in a significant prolongation of the Q-T interval due to the increased thioridazine concentration in the plasma .
The Rationale behind the Study
As there are gaps in the literature regarding the teratogenic effect of Rolapitant, the data generated in this project will aid in the understanding of teratogenic effects such as anatomical malformations caused by high doses of Rolapitant on developing chick embryos, and these teratogenic effects may be extrapolated to humans. Of the above background, the present study aimed to analyze the adverse effect of Rolapitant on the growth of developing chick embryos. The present study findings will aid clinicians in developing more novel therapeutic strategies for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Materials and Methods
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of Rolapitant, an antiemetic agent, on the development of chick embryos in 200 (out of 235 eggs) white leghorn chicken eggs, including as per inclusion-exclusion criteria. The study was conducted at Santosh Medical College, Ghaziabad, in the Department of Anatomy (Uttar Pradesh). Metro Feeds, Indotec Agro Products, village Dabua, Dabua Pali road, Faridabad provided the eggs (Table 1).
The proper calcified eggs with intact shells, having air cells at the broader end and egg’s air cells without any blood clot, were included in the study. However, the eggs with cracked shells due to improper calcification, not having air cells at the broader end, and having a blood clot in the air cell were excluded from the study.
Ritu Singroha, et al. and Sywicha Thongphanich and Jantima Roongruangchai, Muktyaz Hussain and Lavlesh, et al. adopted the same method standardized by P.E. Natekar [11-15]. Candles were used to exclude the defective eggs and to outline with a pencil the exact location of the air cell. A custom-made wooden box was purchased for this purpose. This box was equipped with a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) connection and was black on the inside. The top is adorned with slots for chicken eggs. Eggs weighing between 33.30 grams and 48.15 grams were selected (mean 40 grams). The eggs were thoroughly washed in soap water solution and placed in the incubator with their broad end facing up toward the chorioallantoic membrane. Without adding CO2 or O2, the temperature and humidity inside the incubator were maintained at 38°C and 80%, respectively. Two times daily, the eggs were tilted. On the fifth day of incubation, eggs were removed from the incubator and candled once more before the drug was administered (Table 1 and Table 2).
|Name of Drug||Rolapitant|
|Availability||Tab. Varubi 90 mg (commercially).|
|Name of the manufacturer||Imported 10 mg power of Rolapitant from MedChem Express New Jersey, USA-US CERTIFIED|
|Recommended dose||180 mg by oral route for Adult approved by FDA Assuming Human dose of drug=3 mg/kg (1000 gram) of average body weight (60 kg). However, recommended dose as per kg of body weight of Rolapitant was not given by FDA.|
Table 1: Information's about Drug used, their availability, and dose
|1 Kg body weight (1000 g) requires 3 mg of Rolapitant.|
|40 g body weight requires-3X 60/1000=0.18 mg to acquire the 0.18 mg of Rolapitant following calculation was made:|
|Available Rolapitant power contains=10 mg of drug dissolved in 5 ml of distilled water (called solution A)|
|1 ml of prepared solution A now contains=2.5 mg of Rolapitant, so|
|0.072 ml of prepared solution A contain=2.5×0.072=0.18 mg of Rolapitant|
|And to assess the units of 0.072 ml|
|1 ml insulin syringe contains=40 units|
|* 0.072 ml contains=40 ×0.072 ml=2.88 units.|
|* 0.144 ml contains=40×0.144 ml=3.84 units.|
Table 2: Dose titration of drug used (Rolapitant)
Method for Drug Administration
The eggs were divided into two groups: experimental group A and B, each containing 50 eggs, and the control group a and b, each of which contained 50 eggs. On the fifth day of incubation, eggs from experimental group A were exposed to 0.18 mg Rolapitant and eggs from experimental group B to 0.36 mg Rolapitant in volumes of 0.072 ml and 0.144 ml, respectively, whereas eggs from control groups were treated with the same volume of normal saline (Table 2, and Figure 1).
Figure 1: Methodology of examinations, drug administration and anthropometric measurement; (A) Weighing of the Eggs; (B) Making an outline for the exact location of Aircell with the help of wooden box fitted with bulb connection; (C) Drug Administration into the egg at the Centre of air cell by using tuberculin syringe; (D) Measuring the CR length of Chick Embryo with digital Vernier caliper; (E) Measuring the Weight of Chick Embryo with digital Weight Machine
A tuberculin syringe was used to administer the solution. Eggs were wiped across the broad end with a sterile gauze pad moistened with 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. A hole was drilled in eggshells in the center of the surface over the air cell with a lancet. Care was taken not to damage the shell. The syringe needle was horizontally inserted into the air cell, and the solution was injected. The syringe’s needle was sterilized between injections by wiping it with a sterile isopropyl alcohol 70% swab. Immediately following injection, the hole in the shell was sealed with candlemelted wax.
Following drug injection, sealed eggs were returned to an incubator at 38°C and 80% humidity and tilted twice daily. The eggs were removed from the incubator on the 20th day of incubation for sacrifice. The eggshells were broken, and the embryos removed using a scalpel. The number of viable and non-viable embryos was recorded. Crown-rump lengths (measured from the base of the beak to the tip of the coccyx in the dorsal aspect (5) were determined using a thread and a centimeter scale. The weights were determined using an electronic weighing machine, and the following gross anatomical malformations were observed using necked eyes and a magnifying glass. These observations included Macrocephaly (Enlargement of head); Microcephaly (Small size of the head); Exophthalmia (Bulging eye); Microphthalmia (Small eye); Narrow Neck; Twisted Neck; Long Beak; Short Beak; Subcutaneous Hemorrhage (hematoma); Scanty Feathers and Retraction of yolk sec.
All the data were filled in MS Excel 07 (Microsoft Office, Microsoft, Munich, Germany). Qualitative data were presented using frequency, percentage, and Quantitative Data was presented using descriptive statistics such as Mean ± SD.
In the present study, out of 235 eggs, 200 were included in the study. The reason for the exclusion of 35 eggs was shown in Table 3. The weight and CRL of the chick embryos were measured, and gross anatomical malformations were observed.
|Exclusion Criteria||Total number of eggs taken (235)|
|Eggs with a cracked shell||5|
|Eggs not having air cell at the broader end||3|
|Eggs having a blood clot in the air cell||6|
|Total No. of eggs included in the study||200|
Table 3: Showing the number of embryos excluded as per the criteria
The percentile and odds of lethality were compared in all groups and shown in Table 4. The percentile lethality of Rolapitant at the dose of 0.18 mg was more in experimental (8%) compared to control (2%) with the odds ratio of 1.175. Moreover, the percentile lethality of Rolapitant at the dose of 0.36 mg was more in experimental (16%) compared to control (4%) with the odds ratio of 1.313. Thus, the lethality was increased with increases in the dose of Rolapitant (Table 4, and Figure 2).
|Name of the groups||Total Fertile Eggs||Dead Embryos (n)||Live Embryos (n)||Percentile lethality||Odds Ratio (CI=95%)|
|Control (a)||50||1||10||2%||OR=1.175; CI=0.08802 to 8.783|
|Control (b)||50||2||8||4%||OR=1.313; CI=0.2432 to 6.344|
Table 4: Showing lethal effects induced by Rolapitant in developing chick embryos
While analyzing the abnormal weight due to the effects of Rolapitant, the significant difference at 0.18 mg (p=0.0270) and 0.36 mg (p<0.0001) were observed (Table 5, and Figure 3). Furthermore, while analyzing the abnormal CR length due to the effects of Rolapitant, a significant difference at 0.36 mg (p<0.0001) and 0.36 mg (p<0.0001) were observed (Table 5, and Figure 4). In each case, an increased t-value with respect to increasing in dose shows the lethality of Rolapitant.
|Groups||Weight of embryo (g)||p-value (CI=95%)||CR Length of the embryo (cm)||p-value (CI=95%)|
|Control (a)||33.18 ± 2.14||t=2.246; p=0.0270*||10.45 ± 0.52||t=4.539; p<0.0001*|
|Experimental (A)||32.18 ± 2.31||9.95 ± 0.58|
|Control (b)||32.75 ± 1.82||t=5.498; p<0.0001*||10.10 ± 0.48||t=7.84; p<0.0001*|
|Experimental (B)||30.50 ± 2.25||9.37 ± 0.45|
*Significant, Student unpaired t-test
Table 5: Showing abnormal weight and crown-rump length due to effects of Rolapitant
In the present study, we aimed to analyze the hazard effect of Rolapitant on the growth of developing chick embryos. In this study, we hypothesized that the high dose or prolonged use of Rolapitant might produce malformations, necrotic and spongy changes in the brain, inclusion in liver and kidney, and significant alterations in the histology of cardiac myocytes in developing chick embryos.
We examined 200 chick embryos in this study. We observed that as the dose of Rolapitant was increased, the percentile lethality of Rolapitant increased as well. When the abnormal weight caused by Rolapitant was analyzed, a significant difference was observed at 0.18 mg (p=0.0270) and 0.36 mg (p<0.0001). Additionally, when the abnormal CR length caused by Rolapitant was analyzed, a significant difference between 0.36 mg (p<0.0001) and 0.36 mg (p<0.0001) was observed. In each case, an increased t-value with increasing dose demonstrates Rolapitant’s lethality. Thus, a double dose of Rolapitant resulted in an increased mortality rate and a decrease in weight and crown-rump length.
According to our current knowledge, the present study is the first study demonstrating that Rolapitant may have a growth-inhibiting effect on developing chick embryos. On the other hand, some evidence shows that Rolapitant directly affects humans or other animal models .
The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the prescribing information for Rolapitant hydrochloride (Tablet Varubi), which included information on safely and effectively using tablet Varubi. Varubi’s safety in patients receiving emetogenic chemotherapy was evaluated in approximately 2800 patients in four controlled clinical trials. In Cycle 1, adverse reactions were reported more frequently in patients treated with Varubi than in patients treated with placebo .
The estimated background risk of major congenital disabilities and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies was determined in the general population of the United States . Rolapitant hydrochloride’s potential embryo-fetal toxicity was evaluated in pregnant rats administered throughout organogenesis . Rolapitant-treated rats exhibited signs of maternal toxicity during the first week of dosing, including decreased body weight gain and/or loss and a concomitant decrease in food consumption. In rabbits, no teratogenic or embryo-fetal effects were observed .
Meanwhile, Ruth A, et al. reported that Rolapitant dose-dependently decreased retching and vomiting induced by apomorphine in ferrets . Rolapitant was also effective in ferrets at an equivalent dose range in reducing acute and delayed phase retching and vomiting induced by the highly emetogenic chemotherapy agent cisplatin.
In comparison, the NK1 antagonist aprepitant, which has been approved to treat CINV and PONV (Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting) in humans, has a relatively short duration of action and is administered orally both before and after chemotherapy . Taken together, these studies establish that Rolapitant is a highly selective, competitive antagonist of the NK1 receptor with excellent oral and CNS penetration. Numerous NK1 antagonists that are active in this model have also been shown to be antiemetic in humans .
Camilo, et al. described the mechanisms and most recent clinical trials of two new NK1 receptor antagonists for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: Rolapitant and NEPA (netupitant/palonosetron) .
In both studies, patients in the Rolapitant groups had a significantly higher rate of complete response during the delayed phase compared to control groups [5,18]. Additionally, the safety and tolerability of Rolapitant were evaluated in the aforementioned study. Fatigue, constipation, headache, diarrhea, dyspepsia, hiccups, and neutropenia were the most frequently reported TRAEs (Treatment-Related Adverse Effects).
Bernardo, et al. conducted a clinical trial to determine the efficacy and safety of Rolapitant in preventing chemotherapyinduced nausea and vomiting during multiple cycles of moderately or highly emetogenic chemotherapy . They found that Rolapitant was well tolerated during multiple cycles of MEC or HEC, with an incidence of Treatment- Emergent Adverse Events (TEAEs) such as fatigue, constipation, and headache, as well as weight loss.
Lee, et al. conducted a study on the safety and efficacy of Rolapitant for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving moderately emetogenic chemotherapy or anthracycline and cyclophosphamide regimens . They found that Rolapitant combined with a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist and dexamethasone was well tolerated and demonstrated superiority to active control in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting during the 5-day (0 h-120 h) at-risk period following administration of moderately emetogenic chemotherapy or regimens containing anthracycline and cyclophosphamide.
The data generated in this project may aid in the understanding of teratogenic effects such as anatomical malformations caused by high doses of Rolapitant on developing chick embryos, and these teratogenic effects may be extrapolated to humans. The study’s findings may aid clinicians in developing more novel therapeutic strategies for chemotherapyinduced nausea and vomiting.
The study’s current limitations include a small sample size and a single-centric design. The author remanded a large study to improve the reliability and generalizability of the current study’s observations.
Rolapitant hydrochloride is an orally active, highly selective, long-acting antagonist of the Neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1RA) with a high CNS penetrance. Rolapitant was recently approved in combination with other antiemetic agents to prevent delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and subsequent courses of emetogenic cancer chemotherapy, including but not limited to highly emetogenic chemotherapy. Following a double dose of Rolapitant, the present study observed an increased mortality rate and a decrease in weight and crown-rump length. The author remanded additional research with a larger sample size to improve the reliability and generalizability of the current observation.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest concerning the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
The present study was approved by Institutional Ethical Committee vide letter no. SU/2017/1226(19), Dated- 18/12/2017.
Authors Vishram Singh and Sohel Solanki designed the whole idea and created the initial draft of the manuscript. Authors Vishram Singh, Yogesh Yadav, and Sohel Solanki managed the literature searches. All authors reviewed and approved the final manuscript.
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