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Cytochrome P450 model and liver microsomal oxidations of drugs were compared using phencyclidine. In general, the chemical reaction systems produced many oxidation products. Besides the formation of the cyclohexane-4-hydroxyl compound (2), hydroxylation of the aromatic ring was favored in the Fenton reaction system (Fe^<2+>+H_2O_2). Formation of an m-hydroxylated product (m-5) was the main aromatic oxidation pathway in the Udenfriend reaction (Fe^<2+>-ascorbic acid-O_2), and 2,the piperidine-3-hydroxyl compound (3), and the piperidine-4-hydroxyl compound (4) were also formed. In the system using meso-tetraphenylporphinatoiron chloride (Fe(III)TPPC1) with an oxidant, the main product was the piperidine-3-oxo compound (8). In the liver microsomes system, 2,4,8,and m-5,which were all generated by the chemical oxidation reactions, were detected as metabolites of phencyclidine. They were formed by cytochrome P450-dependent reactions. Chemical oxidation systems can be used to study drug metabolism; they can reveal some tendencies of the real metabolis reactions, are easy to operate, and yield sufficient amounts of product.