Different routes of administering EW-7197 versus EW-7197⋅HBr for preventing peritoneal adhesion in a rat model

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      The relatively low aqueous solubility of EW-7197 that was administered orally may have affected the desired concentration in the systemic circulation for treating peritoneal adhesion. This experimental study aimed to compare the efficacy of different routes of administering EW-7197 (2-fluoro-N-[(5-[6-methylpyridin-2-yl]-4-[(1,2,4)triazolo(1,5-a)pyridin-6-yl]-1H-imidazol-2-yl)methyl]aniline) and EW-7197·hydrobromide (HBr), with improved aqueous solubility, for inhibiting peritoneal adhesion in a rat model.


      After peritoneal adhesion induction, 30 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 5 groups with 6 rats in each: group A, sham control; group B, orally administered 25 mg/kg of EW-7197·HBr for 7 days; group C, locally administered 25 mg/kg of EW-7197·HBr; group D, orally administered 20 mg/kg of EW-7197 for 7 days; and group E, locally administered 20 mg/kg of EW-7197. Gross examination, histologic staining (hematoxylin and eosin and Masson’s trichrome), and immunohistochemical analyses (Ki-67 and α-smooth muscle actin marker [α-SMA]) were performed to evaluate the efficacy of both drugs.


      All procedures were technically successful. All treatment groups, except for group C, showed significantly reduced incidence, quality, tenacity, fibrosis, and collagen deposition scores and lowered expressions of Ki-67– and α-SMA–positive cells compared with group A. When comparing between groups, all scores were significantly lower in group B than in group C (all P < .001), whereas no significant difference was noted in any of the scores between groups D and E and groups B and E (all P > .05).


      Orally administering EW-7197·HBr and both orally and locally administering EW-7197 significantly prevented peritoneal adhesion formation, and orally administering EW-7197·HBr was the most effective overall.
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