Tissue distribution of [14C]sucrose octasulfate following oral administration to rats

Linda M. Hiebert, Sandra M. Wice, Tilly Ping, Ronald E. Hileman, Tülay Polat, Robert J. Linhardt

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Purpose. Aluminum sucrose octasulfate (SOS) is used clinically to prevent ulcers. Under physiologic conditions, the sodium salt of this drug can be formed. Our objective was to determine whether sodium SOS was absorbed when administered orally. In addition to furthering our understanding of aluminum SOS, this study also aimed to clarify how other polyanionic drugs, such as heparin and low-molecular-weight heparins, are absorbed. Methods. [14C]-Iabeled and cold sodium SOS (60 mg/kg) were given to rats by stomach tube. Radioactivity was counted in gut tissue, gut washes, and nongut tissue (i.e., lung, liver, kidney, spleen, endothelial, and plasma samples) at 3 min, 6 min, 15 min, 30 min, 60 min, 4 h, and 24 h, and in urine and feces accumulated over 4 h and 24 h. Results. Peak radioactivity was found in the tissue and washes of the stomach, ileum, and colon at 6 min, 60 min, and 4 h, respectively, showing progression through the gut. Gut recovery accounted for 84% of the dose at 6 min but only 12% of the dose at 24 h, including counts from feces. Radioactivity was recovered from nongut tissue (averaging 8.6% of the dose) and accumulated urine (18% of the dose at 24 h). When total body distribution was considered, the recovery of radioactivity was greater for the endothelium than for plasma (peak percentage of the dose was 65% at 15 min, 20% at 3 min, 5% from 20 to 240 min for the vena cava, aortic endothelium, and plasma, respectively). Conclusions. Results indicate that sodium SOS is absorbed, agreeing with previous studies demonstrating the oral absorption of other sulfated polyanions. Endothelial concentrations must be considered when assessing the pharmacokinetics of these compounds. The measured plasma drug concentrations reflect the much greater amounts of drug residing with the endothelium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-844
Number of pages7
JournalPharmaceutical Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Endothelium
  • Gastrointestinal absorption
  • Oral
  • Rats
  • Sucrose octasulfate


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