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Cytochrome p450-mediated metabolic activation of diosbulbin B.

Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals (2014-07-16)
Dongju Lin, Chunyan Li, Ying Peng, Huiyuan Gao, Jiang Zheng
ABSTRACT

Diosbulbin B (DIOB), a furan-containing diterpenoid lactone, is the most abundant component of Dioscorea bulbifera L. (DB), a traditional Chinese medicine herb. Administration of purified DIOB or DB extracts has been reported to cause liver injury in animals. The mechanisms of DIOB-induced hepatotoxicity remain unknown. The major objective of this study was to identify reactive metabolites of DIOB. A DIOB-derived cis-enedial was trapped by N-acetyl lysine (NAL) and glutathione (GSH) or N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) in rat and human liver microsomal incubation systems after exposure to DIOB. Four metabolites (M1-M4) associated with GSH were detected by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry. Apparently, M1 was derived from both NAL and GSH. M2 and M3 resulted from the reaction of GSH without the involvement of NAL. Two molecules of GSH participated in the formation of M4. M2 and M3 were also detected in bile and urine of rats given DIOB. M5, a DIOB-derived NAC/NAL conjugate, was detected in microsomal incubations with DIOB fortified with NAC and NAL as trapping agents. Biomimetic M1-M5 were prepared by oxidation of DIOB with Oxone for metabolite identification. Microsomal incubation study demonstrated that ketoconazole inhibited the production of the enedial in a concentration-dependent manner, and CYP3A4 was found to be the enzyme responsible for the metabolic activation of DIOB. The metabolism study facilitates the understanding of the role of bioactivation of DIOB in its hepatotoxicity.

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