Abnormal Development - Thalidomide
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The drug thalidomide (Contergan, Distaval) was introduced on to the market on October 1, 1957 in West Germany. Thalidomide soon became a drug prescribed to pregnant women to combat symptoms associated with morning sickness. In West Germany, thalidomide could be bought without a prescription. In the United Kingdom, thalidomide was first marketed in April, 1958 (and later withdrawn from sale in December, 1961). When taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, thalidomide prevented the proper growth of the fetus resulting in horrific birth defects ("thalidomide embryopathy") in thousands of children around the world. When taken, mainly in first world countries, between day 20 to 36 after fertilisation (GA 34–50 days LMP) children were born with limb and other defects. In the late 1950's and early 1960's these children became known as "Thalidomide babies".
|Dr Widukind Lenz||Dr William McBride|
|In Germany, a 1961 report by Dr Widukind Lenz described abnormalities with "Contergan".
(More? Historic People)
|In Australia, a brief letter by Dr William McBride, linked "Distaval" to newborn abnormalities.|
Not all species embryos are affected by the drug in the same way, with human and rabbit being most susceptible to the teratogenic effects. In addition, the effect on human development is also dependent upon the time and dose of the drug exposure, the "critical periods".
- Thalidomide Links: limb | limb abnormalities | hearing abnormalities | vision abnormalities | musculoskeletal abnormalities | K12 Thalidomide
Some Recent Findings
|More recent papers|
This table allows an automated computer search of the external PubMed database using the listed "Search term" text link.
|These papers originally appeared in the Some Recent Findings table, but as that list grew in length have now been shuffled down to this collapsible table.
Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
Around half to two-thirds of all pregnant women will experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, typically called "morning sickness". Occurring mainly in the first trimester due to several possible identified causes that include; changed and high levels of hormones, blood pressure fluctuations and changes in carbohydrate metabolism. The more severe prolonged vomiting clinical form is described as hyperemesis gravidarum.
Thalidomide Physical and Chemical Properties
Thalidomide was first synthesised in 1954 by Wilhelm Kunz, a German drug discovery pharmacist for Chemie Grünenthal, searching for new organic compounds. The drug was manufactured as a two enantiomer isomer mix (laevo+ and dextro-). The teratogenic form was laevo+ thalidomide, though rabbits appear to be sensitive to both forms.
- Molecular Mass: 258.23 Da
- Color: white crystalline
- Odor: Odorless
- Taste: taste-less
- Melting point: 271°C.
- Insoluble in ether and benzene
- Has a low solubility in water, methanol, ethanol and glacial acetic acid
|Historic 1960 Pharmacology|
|Pharmacological properties of thalidomide (alpha-phthalimido glutarimide), a new sedative hypnotic drug (1960)
Study was carried out on mice, rats and anaesthetised cats.
|Dr Widukind Lenz (1919 - 1995) was a German paediatrician who in 1961 identified the association of thalidomide ("Contergan") with birth abnormalities.
Dr Lenz was physician-in-chief of the Eppendorfer Kinderklinik (1952), then chair of paediatrics at the University of Hamburg (1961), and director of the Institute of Human Genetics in Münster (1965).
|Dr Widukind Lenz|
In Germany it is estimated that between 1957 and 1962, approximately 5000 children were born with severe birth defects due to maternal thalidomide use as a sedative and as effective relief from morning sickness. A recent study by researchers of this German population, has attempted to generate reference tables of limb to body height ratios of healthy human adults for assessing potential thalidomide embryopathy.
|A brief letter by an Australian clinician, William McBride, identified "Distaval" as a teratogenic agent, linking of newborn abnormalities with the taking of thalidomide causing a "thalidomide embryopathy". Later in 1981, Dr McBride attempted to show similar teratogenic effects of a second "Debendox", resulting in a scientific case related to his falsification of data. The second drug has since been shown to not be associated with teratogenic effects.|
|Dr William McBride|
Helen Brooke Taussig
Dr Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) was a paediatric cardiologist, who developed a surgical procedure for Tetralogy of Fallot, also campaigned for blocking introduction of thalidomide into the U.S.A. One of her students had drawn her attention to the data on congenital malformations occurring in Germany and England.
- Links: NLM
Frances Oldham Kelsey
Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 - 2015) was at the Food and Drug Administration, where she reviewed of a sleeping pill based on thalidomide already widely used in Europe, but Kelsey was concerned by some data suggesting dangerous side effects in patients who took the drug repeatedly. She continued to withhold drug approval for the U.S.A. leading to less cases in that country.
- "In 1960 she moved to Washington, D.C., and began her long and distinguished career at the Food and Drug Administration, where she later became chief of the Division of New Drugs, director of the Division of Scientific Investigations, and deputy for Scientific and Medical Affairs, Office of Compliance. Dr. Frances Kelsey took her stand against thalidomide during her first month at the Food and Drug Administration, on her first assignment. The task was supposed to be a straightforward review of a sleeping pill already widely used in Europe, but Kelsey was concerned by some data suggesting dangerous side effects in patients who took the drug repeatedly. While she continued to withhold approval, the manufacturers tried everything they could to get around her judgement."
Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 - 2015) Food and Drug Administration officer who saved U.S. babies from thalidomide dies at 101.
Thalidomide External Effects
Period approximately covers the developmental stages 11 to 15.
|Carnegie stage:||1 2 3 4||5 6||7 8 9||10 11 12 13||14 15||16 17||18 19||20 21 22 23|
Thalidomide external effects timeline
Carnegie stage 15
35 - 38 days
Limb development after the sensitive period
|Human embryonic limb development (week 6)||Human embryonic limb development (week 8)|
"It has been suggested that thalidomide does not produce malformations if only taken before the 34th day after the last menstruation (LMP) and usually no malformation if taken only after the 50th day.
Within the sensitive period from day 35 to day 49, there is the following sequence:
- 35th - 37th day Absence of the ears and deafness
- 39th - 41st day Absence of arms
- 43rd - 44th day Phocomelia with three fingers
- 46th - 48th day Thumbs with three joints
If thalidomide was taken throughout the sensitive period, the consequence may be severe defects of ears, arms and legs and of internal malformations, which often led to early death. About 40% of thalidomide victims died before their first birthday."
These are W. Lenz's historic observations and relate to easily identifiable features.
Microphthalmia clinical image
|A clinical description for the presence of a small eye located within the orbit. This condition occurs in up to 11% of blind children.|
Hearing loss associated with abnormalities of the inner ear development (otic placode origin) and external ear reduction or deformation (pharyngeal arch origin).
|Pharyngeal Arch Development (external ear, stages 14-23 and adult)|
Adult hearing embryonic origins
External Ear - Microtia
Newborn hearing test
Cereblon (CRBN) was named based on its possible role in cerebral development and the presence of a Lon protease domain. Functionally it had been previously identified as being associated with neural development. Thalidomide specifically binds cereblon, which inhibits the ubiquitin ligase activity of the SCF protein ligase complex, possibly leading to abnormal regulation of the BMP and FGF8 signaling pathways. The SCF complex (Skp, Cullin, F-box containing complex) is a multi-protein E3 ubiquitin ligase complex catalyzing the ubiquitination of proteins destined for proteasomal degradation.
- thalidomide binds to CRBN at specific sites.
- interaction disrupts the function of the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex (composed by proteins CRBN, DDB1, and Cul4)
- down-regulation of fibroblast growth factor genes.
Immunomodulatory drugs disrupt the cereblon-CD147-MCT1 axis to exert antitumor activity and teratogenicity "Immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), such as thalidomide and its derivatives lenalidomide and pomalidomide, are key treatment modalities for hematologic malignancies, particularly multiple myeloma (MM) and del(5q) myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Cereblon (CRBN), a substrate receptor of the CRL4 ubiquitin ligase complex, is the primary target by which IMiDs mediate anticancer and teratogenic effects. Here we identify a ubiquitin-independent physiological chaperone-like function of CRBN that promotes maturation of basigin (BSG; also known as CD147) and solute carrier family 16 member 1 (SLC16A1; also known as MCT1) proteins. This process allows for the formation and activation of the CD147-MCT1 transmembrane complex, which promotes various biological functions, including angiogenesis, proliferation, invasion and lactate export. We found that IMiDs outcompete CRBN for binding to CD147 and MCT1, leading to destabilization of the CD147-MCT1 complex. Accordingly, IMiD-sensitive MM cells lose CD147 and MCT1 expression after being exposed to IMiDs, whereas IMiD-resistant cells retain their expression. Furthermore, del(5q) MDS cells have elevated CD147 expression, which is attenuated after IMiD treatment. Finally, we show that BSG (CD147) knockdown phenocopies the teratogenic effects of thalidomide exposure in zebrafish. These findings provide a common mechanistic framework to explain both the teratogenic and pleiotropic antitumor effects of IMiDs." [[Abnormal Development - Thalidomide#CD147 (Basigin)|CD147 (Basigin)]
Mouse Neural Cereblon Expression
The following table is from a study of the levels of cereblon messenger RNA (mRNA) in different regions of the adult mouse brain.
Arbitrary signal strength detected by in situ hybridisation from low (+) to high (+++++).
|Other neocortex; layer V||++++|
|Other neocortex; other layers||+++|
|Lateral globus pallidus||+|
|Pyramidal layer of the hippocampus||+++++|
|Granular layer of dentate gyrus||+++++|
|Paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus||+++|
|Thalamus||++ ∼ +++|
|Substantia nigra compacta||+++|
|Red nucleus, magnocellular part||++++|
|Raphe nuclei||+++ ∼ ++++|
|Reticulotegmental nucleus of the pons||++++|
|Parvicellular reticular nucleus||+++|
|Gigantocellular reticular nucleus||++++|
|Purkinje layer of the cerebellum||+++++|
|Granular layer of the cerebellum||++++|
Two possible mechanisms:
- cereblon dependent process
- cereblon independent process (producing reactive oxygen species)
Thalidomide shown to:
- inhibits production of some cytokines (tumor necrosis factor–alpha and vascular endothelial growth factor)
- inducing apoptosis and producing reactive oxygen species
- fgf8 is a downstream target
(basigin, BSG, CD147, EMMPRIN) Basigin is a member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily, with a structure related to the putative primordial form of the family. CD147 has recently been shown to be one of the downstream targets of the cereblon singling pathway and down-regulation can cause similar teratogenic effects in a Zebrafish model.
See also a review by Basigin "Basigin has isoforms; the common form (basigin or basigin-2) has two immunoglobulin domains, and the extended form (basigin-1) has three. Basigin is the receptor for cyclophilins, S100A9 and platelet glycoprotein VI, whereas basigin-1 serves as the receptor for the rod-derived cone viability factor. Basigin tightly associates with monocarboxylate transporters and is essential for their cell surface translocation and activities. In the same membrane plane, basigin also associates with other proteins including GLUT1, CD44 and CD98."
Model for tumorigenic effect of CD147 action on CD98
General model for basigin promotes the membrane localization of CD98 and activation of β1-integrin. Basigin could facilitate the membrane localization of newly synthesized CD98 in the ER (blue arrow). Prototypical CIE cargo proteins enter cells through Arf6-positive endocytic vesicles that either fuse with or mature into Rab5a-positive early endosomes (sorting endosomes), where internalized proteins converge and are sorted for recycling (green arrow) or degradation (red arrow). Basigin and CD98 are internalized by a pathway associated with flotillin-1 and the small G protein Arf6. Thereafter, basigin and CD98 could recycle back to the membrane through the fast recycling pathway (green arrow A) mediated by hook1, Rab22a, microtubules and their own cytoplasmic sequences. Other internalized proteins, including integrins, could recycle through the slow recycling pathway (green arrow B). By promoting the membrane redistribution or translocation of CD98, basigin activates β1 integrins and plays a critical role in liver cancer progression.
- Links: OMIM - Basigin
This recent study has used a chicken limb model system and treatment with a chemical, CPS49 a tetrafluorinated analogue of thalidomide that is chemically and structurally related to thalidomide breakdown products.
|Chicken limb development signaling||Thalidomide - CPS49 vascular effect on chicken model|
The researchers identified an antiangiogenic activity, inhibition of blood vessel growth, of CPS49 within the developing limb and in a number of in vitro tissue culture models of vascular growth. The vessel loss was described as the "primary trigger" leading to an increased cell death and impairment in limb signaling pathways, resulting consequently in both limb outgrowth failure and limb truncations. The possibility that fibroblast growth factor levels are altered, may also fit in with the specific thalidomide binding to cereblon.
Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis, Cynomolgus Monkey, Philippine Monkey, Long-tailed Macaque) "Cynomolgus monkeys were orally administered thalidomide at 15 or 20mg/kg-d on days 26-28 of gestation, and fetuses were examined on day 100-102 of gestation. Limb defects such as micromelia/amelia, paw/foot hyperflexion, polydactyly, syndactyly, and brachydactyly were observed in seven of eight fetuses."
Thalidomide Metabolism in Different Species
It also appears that not all species metabolise thalidomide the same, shown in a study comparing the metabolic breakdown products in mice and man:
- "Our results show that thalidomide metabolite profiles in multiple myeloma patients differ considerably from those in mice. The lack of measurable hydroxylated metabolites in urine and in 1 case plasma of these patients suggests that such metabolites are not responsible for the therapeutic effects of thalidomide in multiple myeloma."
(CC-5013, Revlimid) A derivative of thalidomide introduced in 2004, initially intended as a treatment for multiple myeloma. Has also shown efficacy in the hematological disorders, myelodysplastic syndromes. Each year in Australia around 1,500 people are diagnosed with myeloma. Thalidomide can be used in the initial treatment of myeloma and also to control myeloma that has come back (relapsed).
Molecular Formula: C13H13N3O3 Molecular Weight: 259
Advisory Committee on Medicines
- 1963 - Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) was established in 1963 following the thalidomide experience.
- 2010 - the ADEC committee was replaced by the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (ACPM)
- 2017 - ACPM committee was replaced by the Advisory Committee on Medicines (ACM).
- The ACM provides independent medical and scientific advice to the Minister for Health and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on issues relating to the safety, quality and efficacy of medicines supplied in Australia including issues relating to pre-market and post-market functions for medicines.
|Australian Drug Categories|
|Legal drugs are classified, usually by each country's appropriate regulatory body, on the safety of drugs during pregnancy. In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Authority has classes (A, B1, B2, B3, C, D and X) to define their safety. In the USA, drugs are classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into classes (A, B, C, D, and X) to define their safety. (More? Australian Drug Categories)
|Typical testing of new drug compound today involves a lengthy series of animal and human studies.
Usually tested in at least two mammalian species (rats and guinea pigs) using both single and repeated doses. For determining reproductive effects, tests on both male and female animals with dosing begins 4 weeks prior to mating are conducted to determine effects on fertility in both sexes, on embryogenesis, and on fetal malformation.
Human Clinical trials
Following animal studies to determine dose, efficacy and apparent safety, human studies can commence. Clinical trials are carried out under very strict conditions, set by international regulatory bodies in agreement with the principles espoused in the Declaration of Helsinki. There are four phases to the trials.
|After phase I to III the pharmaceutical company compiles all study data for independent assessment by government regulatory authorities in each country.
Regulatory Authorities: FDA in the USA, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia, Medsafe in New Zealand, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK, and Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) in Canada.
|Declaration of Helsinki|
|The Declaration of Helsinki was developed by The World Medical Association (WMA) as a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects, including research on identifiable human material and data. The Declaration is intended to be read as a whole and each of its constituent paragraphs should not be applied without consideration of all other relevant paragraphs. It is widely regarded as the cornerstone document on human research ethics. It is named after the location of its initial adoption in Helsinki, Finland, in June 1964.|
Now consider how different environmental effects during pregnancy may influence developmental outcomes. The terms listed below are often used to describe these environmental effects
- Teratogen (Greek, teraton = monster) any agent that causes a structural abnormality (congenital abnormalities) following fetal exposure during pregnancy. The overall effect depends on dosage and time of exposure. (More? Critical Periods of Development)
- Absolute risk the rate of occurrence of an abnormal phenotype among individuals exposed to the agent. (e.g. fetal alcohol syndrome)
- Relative risk the ratio of the rate of the condition among the exposed and the nonexposed. (e.g. smokers risk of having a low birth weight baby compared to non-smokers) A high relative risk may indicate a low absolute risk if the condition is rare.
- Mutagen a chemical or agent that can cause permanent damage to the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in a cell. DNA damage in the human egg or sperm may lead to reduced fertility, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), birth defects and heritable diseases.
- Fetotoxicant is a chemical that adversely affects the developing fetus, resulting in low birth weight, symptoms of poisoning at birth or stillbirth (fetus dies before it is born).
- Synergism when the combined effect of exposure to more than one chemical at one time, or to a chemical in combination with other hazards (heat, radiation, infection) results in effects of such exposure to be greater than the sum of the individual effects of each hazard by itself.
- Toxicogenomics the interaction between the genome, chemicals in the environment, and disease. Cells exposed to a stress, drug or toxicant respond by altering the pattern of expression of genes within their chromosomes. Based on new genetic and microarray technologies.
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Books on Thalidomide
A selection of recent general public information books on Thalidomide, available from various internet commercial suppliers (search using the book title). Please note that this listing does not reflect an endorsement of the book or its content and is provided for educational purposes only.
- Thalidomide Kid (Paperback) by Kate, Rigby (Author)
- Thalidomide - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References (Paperback) by ICON Health Publications (Author) Internet supplier link: Amazon
June 2010 "thalidomide teratogenicity" All (147) Review (57) Free Full Text (11)
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- Centre for Education and Information on Drugs and Alcohol (CEIDA) (Australia)
- Child Health and Safety (Australia)
- NIDA (USA)- Consequences of Prenatal Drug Exposure
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- Australian Congenital Anomalies Monitoring System (ACAMS)
- The Swedish Thalidomide Society
- Australia TGA - Advisory Committee on Medicines
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