Medical College of Wisconsin
CTSICores SearchResearch InformaticsREDCap

Methotrexate pharmacokinetics in infants with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 2007 May;59(6):847-53 PMID: 17136402

Pubmed ID



PURPOSE: We performed a pharmacokinetic evaluation of methotrexate (MTX) in infants with acute lymphoblastic leukemia enrolled on the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) 9407 Infant Leukemia Study to evaluate the effects of age on MTX pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

METHODS: A pharmacokinetic database of 61 patients was developed by combining MTX data obtained from 16 patients in a pharmacokinetic sub-study with data obtained for clinical care in other patients enrolled on the POG 9407 protocol. The data were analyzed for the first dose of MTX given to patients in induction/intensification therapy. Patients received MTX (4 g/m2) over 24 h at week 4 of therapy. Toxicity data were also reviewed to evaluate the incidence of common MTX toxicities during the first 6 weeks of therapy (the induction/intensification phase).

RESULTS: Steady-state clearance (mean+/-standard deviation) for infants aged 0-6 months was 89+/-32 ml/min/m2 compared to 111+/-40 for infants aged 7-12 months (P=0.030). In the subgroup of infants aged 0-3 months the mean steady-state clearance was 84+/-30 ml/min/m2 (P=0.026 vs. the 7-12-month group). The incidence of renal toxicity (all grades) during induction/intensification therapy was 23% in the 0-3 months age group compared to 0% (for n=27) in the group 7-12 months of age (P=0.029). There were no significant differences in hepatoxicity or mucous membrane toxicity between age groups.

CONCLUSIONS: A modest difference in steady-state MTX clearance is observed between younger infants (0-6 months) and older infants (7-12 months). Very young infants (0-3 months) also experienced a slightly higher incidence of renal toxicity during induction/intensification therapy. Steady-state clearance for the older infants is similar to values reported for children in other studies.

Author List

Thompson PA, Murry DJ, Rosner GL, Lunagomez S, Blaney SM, Berg SL, Camitta BM, Dreyer ZE, Bomgaars LR


Bruce M. Camitta MD Clinical Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin


2-s2.0-33947324174   27 Citations

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Age Factors
Drug Administration Schedule
Infant, Newborn
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
jenkins-FCD Prod-353 9ccd8489072cb19f5b9f808bb23ed672c582f41e