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In Vitro and in Vivo Studies on Acyl-Coenzyme A-Dependent Bioactivation of Zomepirac in Rats

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posted on 21.11.2005, 00:00 authored by Jørgen Olsen, Chunze Li, Inga Bjørnsdottir, Ulrik Sidenius, Steen Honoré Hansen, Leslie Z. Benet
Zomepirac [ZP, 5-(chlorobenzoyl)-1,4-dimethylpyrrole-2-acetic acid] was withdrawn from the market because of unpredictable allergic reactions that may have been caused by ZP−protein adducts formed by reaction of the reactive acyl glucuronide of ZP (ZP-O-G) with endogenous proteins. To test the hypothesis that the reactive ZP acyl coenzyme A thioester (ZP-CoA) was formed and potentially could contribute to formation of ZP−protein adducts, we investigated the acyl CoA-dependent metabolism of ZP in freshly isolated rat hepatocytes (1 mM) and in vivo (100 mg ZP/kg, ip) in rat livers (2 h after dose administration), rat bile (0−4 h), and rat urine (0−24 h). ZP-CoA was detected in freshly isolated hepatocytes and in vivo in rat livers by LC/MS/MS. In addition, the ZP glycine conjugate (ZP-Gly) and ZP taurine conjugates (ZP-Tau) were identified by LC/MS/MS in rat hepatocytes and in vivo in rat livers, rat urine, and rat bile. The identities of ZP-CoA, ZP-Gly, and ZP-Tau were confirmed by comparison of retention times and MS/MS spectra with those of authentic standards. Moreover, the ZP acyl carnitine ester was detected in rat urine and rat bile based upon (i) the chlorine isotope pattern, (ii) MS/MS spectra showing significant ions characteristic for carnitine (m/z 60, 144 and loss of m/z 59) and ZP (m/z 139), and (iii) accurate mass measurements with a mass accuracy of 0.2 ppm. ZP-CoA serves as an obligatory intermediate in the formation of ZP-Gly, ZP-Tau, and ZP carnitine ester, and it is therefore of mechanistic significance that these conjugates were identified. Finally, time-dependent concentration profiles obtained in experiments with rat hepatocytes and in vivo from quantitative analysis of rat livers indicate that ZP-CoA, in addition to ZP-O-G, may contribute to formation of the potentially toxic covalent ZP−protein adducts.