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Application of Modern Drug Metabolism Structure Determination Tools and Assays to the In Vitro Metabolism of Imiloxan

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Imiloxan is an alpha2 adrenoceptor antagonist and was developed for depression in the 1980's. In Phase 1 clinical trials imiloxan dosing led to hypersensitivity reactions; the molecule's development was discontinued. The present study revisits the in vitro metabolism of imiloxan using modern analytical methods. Human and rat liver microsomes convert imiloxan into a variety of metabolites many of which are unstable and or reactive. Imiloxan also yields high protein covalent binding in microsomal assays. Imiloxan is a useful test molecule for defining the relationship between liver covalent binding and idiosyncratic toxicity.





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Keywords: Imiloxan; mass spectrometry; metabolism; reactive metabolite

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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  • Drug Metabolism Letters publishes short papers on major advances in all areas of drug metabolism and disposition. The emphasis will be on publishing quality papers very rapidly. Letters will be processed rapidly by taking full advantage of the Internet technology for both the submission and review of manuscripts. The journal covers the following areas:

    In vitro systems including CYP-450; enzyme induction and inhibition; drug-drug interactions and enzyme kinetics; pharmacokinetics, toxicokinetics, species scaling and extrapolations; P-glycoprotein and transport carriers; target organ toxicity and interindividual variability; drug metabolism and disposition studies; extrahepatic metabolism; phase I and phase II metabolism; recent developments for the identification of drug metabolites, reactive intermediate and glutathione conjugates.
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