Intraocular pressure–lowering activity of NCX 470, a novel nitric oxide–donating bimatoprost in preclinical models

Francesco Impagnatiello, Carol B. Toris, Minerva Batugo, Ganesh Prasanna, Valentina Borghi, Elena Bastia, Ennio Ongini, Achim H.P. Krauss

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Purpose. The prostaglandin F2alpha (PGF2α) analogue bimatoprost lowers intraocular pressure (IOP) by increasing uveoscleral outflow at doses shown to elicit redness of the eye. With the aim to enhance the IOP-lowering effect of bimatoprost we studied NCX 470 [(S,E)-1-((1R,2R,3S,5R)-2-((Z)-7-(ethylamino)-7-oxohept-2-enyl)-3,5-dihydroxycyclopentyl)-5- phenylpent-1-en-3-yl 6-(nitrooxy)hexanoate], a dual-acting compound combining bimatoprost with nitric oxide (NO) known to mainly act via relaxation of trabecular meshwork and Schlemm’s canal. Methods. New Zealand white rabbits with transient hypertonic saline–induced IOP elevation (tOHT-rabbits), cynomolgus monkeys with laser-induced ocular hypertension (OHT-monkeys), and normotensive dogs (ONT-dogs) were used. The levels of NCX 470, bimatoprost, and bimatoprost acid were determined in aqueous humor (AH), cornea (CR), and iris/ciliary body (ICB) by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass (LC-MS/MS), while cGMP in AH and ICB was monitored using an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) kit in pigmented Dutch Belted rabbits. Results. NCX 470 (0.14%, 30 lL) lowered IOP in tOHT-rabbits with an Emax of ±7.2 6 2.8 mm Hg at 90 minutes. Bimatoprost at equimolar dose (0.1%, 30 lL) was noneffective in this model. NCX 470 (0.042%, 30 lL) was more effective than equimolar (0.03%, 30 lL) bimatoprost in ONT-dogs (IOP change, ±5.4 6 0.7 and ±3.4 6 0.7 mm Hg, respectively, P < 0.05) and in OHT-monkeys (IOP change, ±7.7 6 1.4 and ±4.8 6 1.7 mm Hg, respectively, P < 0.05) at 18 hours post dosing. NCX 470 (0.042%, 30 lL) or bimatoprost (0.03%, 30 lL) resulted in similar bimatoprost acid exposure in AH, CR, and ICB while cGMP was significantly increased in AH and ICB at 18 and 24 hours after NCX 470 dosing. Conclusions. NCX 470 lowers IOP more than equimolar bimatoprost in three animal models of glaucoma by activating PGF2α and NO/cGMP signaling pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6558-6564
Number of pages7
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2015


  • Bimatoprost
  • Glaucoma
  • Nitric oxide
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Prostaglandin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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