Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

AIMS: Endothelial-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids may regulate vascular tone and are metabolized by soluble epoxide hydrolase enzymes (sEH). GSK2256294 is a potent and selective sEH inhibitor that was tested in two phase I studies. METHODS: Single escalating doses of GSK2256294 2-20 mg or placebo were administered in a randomized crossover design to healthy male subjects or obese smokers. Once daily doses of 6 or 18 mg or placebo were administered for 14 days to obese smokers. Data were collected on safety, pharmacokinetics, sEH enzyme inhibition and blood biomarkers. Single doses of GSK2256294 10 mg were also administered to healthy younger males or healthy elderly males and females with and without food. Data on safety, pharmacokinetics and biliary metabolites were collected. RESULTS: GSK2256294 was well-tolerated with no serious adverse events (AEs) attributable to the drug. The most frequent AEs were headache and contact dermatitis. Plasma concentrations of GSK2256294 increased with single doses, with a half-life averaging 25-43 h. There was no significant effect of age, food or gender on pharmacokinetic parameters. Inhibition of sEH enzyme activity was dose-dependent, from an average of 41.9% on 2 mg (95% confidence interval [CI] -51.8, 77.7) to 99.8% on 20 mg (95% CI 99.3, 100.0) and sustained for up to 24 h. There were no significant changes in serum VEGF or plasma fibrinogen. CONCLUSIONS: GSK2256294 was well-tolerated and demonstrated sustained inhibition of sEH enzyme activity. These data support further investigation in patients with endothelial dysfunction or abnormal tissue repair, such as diabetes, wound healing or COPD.

Original publication




Journal article


Br j clin pharmacol

Publication Date





971 - 979


COPD, clinical pharmacology, clinical trial, smoking, soluble epoxide hydrolase, 8,11,14-Eicosatrienoic Acid, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Cohort Studies, Cross-Over Studies, Cyclohexylamines, Dermatitis, Contact, Double-Blind Method, Enzyme Inhibitors, Epoxide Hydrolases, Female, Half-Life, Headache, Healthy Volunteers, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Triazines, Young Adult