Reactive Drug Metabolites


Closing a gap in the scientific literature, this first comprehensive introduction to the topic is based on current best practice in one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The first chapters trace the development of our understanding of drug metabolite toxicity, covering basic concepts and techniques in the process, while the second part details chemical toxicophores that are prone to reactive metabolite formation. This section also reviews the various drug-metabolizing enzymes that can participate...

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Closing a gap in the scientific literature, this first comprehensive introduction to the topic is based on current best practice in one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The first chapters trace the development of our understanding of drug metabolite toxicity, covering basic concepts and techniques in the process, while the second part details chemical toxicophores that are prone to reactive metabolite formation. This section also reviews the various drug-metabolizing enzymes that can participate in catalyzing reactive metabolite formation, including a discussion of the structure-toxicity relationships for drugs. Two chapters are dedicated to the currently hot topics of herbal constituents and IADRs. The next part covers current strategies and approaches to evaluate the reactive metabolite potential of new drug candidates, both by predictive and by bioanalytical methods. There then follows an in-depth analysis of the toxicological potential of the top 200 prescription drugs, illustrating the power and the limits of the toxicophore concept, backed by numerous case studies. Finally, a risk-benefit approach to managing the toxicity risk of reactive metabolite-prone drugs is presented. Since the authors carefully develop the knowledge needed, from fundamental considerations to current industry standards, no degree in pharmacology is required to read this book, making it perfect for medicinal chemists without in-depth pharmacology training.

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Amit Kalgutkar received his academic degrees from the University of Bombay (India) and from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (USA). Joining Pfizer in 1999, he is currently a Research Fellow in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism Department at Pfizer (Groton Laboratories). He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rhode Island.

Deepak Dalvie received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from State University at New York, Buffalo (USA) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry in University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (USA). He joined Pfizer in 1992, where he is currently a Research Fellow in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism Department at Pfizer's La Jolla site. In addition, Dr. Dalvie is an Associate Editor for Drug Metabolism and Disposition and on the editorial board of Xenobiotica.

Scott Obach received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the New York State Department of Health Research Labs. He joined Pfizer in 1992, where he is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Drug Metabolism Department at Pfizer in Groton (USA). In addition, Dr. Obach is on the editorial boards of Drug Metabolism and Disposition, Chemical Research in Toxicology, Xenobiotica, and Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics.
He is an author or coauthor on over 120 research publications.

Dennis Smith has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 32 years after gaining his Ph.D from the University of Manchester (UK). For 20 years he was at Pfizer Global Research and Development, Sandwich where he was Vice President-Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism. During this time he has helped in the Discovery and Development of eight marketed NCEs. He has authored over 130 publications including three books.

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Table of Contents

Preface XIII

A Personal Foreword XV

1 Origin and Historical Perspective on Reactive Metabolites1

Abbreviations 1

1.1 Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis 1

1.2 Detection of Reactive Metabolites 3

1.3 Induction and Inhibition: Early Probes for ReactiveMetabolites and Hepatotoxicants 4

1.4 Covalent Binding and Oxidative Stress: Possible Mechanismsof Reactive Metabolite Cytotoxicity 5

1.5 Activation and Deactivation: Intoxication and Detoxification6

1.6 Genetic Influences on Reactive Metabolite Formation 6

1.7 Halothane: the Role of Reactive Metabolites inImmune-Mediated Toxicity 7

1.8 Formation of Reactive Metabolites, Amount Formed, andRemoval of Liability 8

1.9 Antibodies: Possible Clues but Inconclusive 8

1.10 Parent Drug and Not Reactive Metabolites, Complications inImmune-Mediated Toxicity 9

1.11 Reversible Pharmacology Should not be Ignored as a PrimaryCause of Side Effects 10

1.12 Conclusions: Key Points in the Introduction 10

References 11

2 Role of Reactive Metabolites in Genotoxicity 13

Abbreviations 13

2.1 Introduction 13

2.2 Carcinogenicity of Aromatic and Heteroaromatic Amines 13

2.3 Carcinogenicity of Nitrosamines 17

2.4 Carcinogenicity of Quinones and Related Compounds 19

2.5 Carcinogenicity of Furan 23

2.6 Carcinogenicity of Vinyl Halides 26

2.7 Carcinogenicity of Ethyl Carbamate 26

2.8 Carcinogenicity of Dihaloalkanes 28

2.9 Assays to Detect Metabolism-Dependent Genotoxicity in DrugDiscovery 28

2.10 Case Studies in Eliminating Metabolism-Based Mutagenicityin Drug Discovery Programs 29

References 36

3 Bioactivation and Inactivation of Cytochrome P450 and OtherDrug-Metabolizing Enzymes 43

Abbreviations 43

3.1 Introduction 43

3.2 Pharmacokinetic and Enzyme Kinetic Principles UnderlyingMechanism-Based Inactivation and Drug–Drug Interactions44

3.2.1 Enzyme Kinetic Principles of Mechanism-Based Inactivation44

3.2.2 Pharmacokinetic Principles Underlying DDIs Caused byMechanism-Based Inactivation 46

3.3 Mechanisms of Inactivation of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes 47

3.3.1 Quasi-Irreversible Inactivation 47

3.3.2 Heme Adducts 48

3.3.3 Protein Adducts 49

3.4 Examples of Drugs and Other Compounds that areMechanism-Based Inactivators of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes 49

3.4.1 Amines 49

3.4.2 Methylenedioxyphenyl Compounds 51

3.4.3 Quinones, Quinone Imines, and Quinone Methides 52

3.4.4 Thiophenes 53

3.4.5 Furans 55

3.4.6 Alkynes 56

3.4.7 2-Alkylimidazoles 57

3.4.8 Other Noteworthy Cytochrome P450 Inactivators 58

3.5 Mechanism-Based Inactivation of Other Drug-MetabolizingEnzymes 60

3.5.1 Aldehyde Oxidase 60

3.5.2 Monoamine Oxidases 61

3.6 Concluding Remarks 64

References 65

4 Role of Reactive Metabolites in Drug-Induced Toxicity– The Tale of Acetaminophen, Halothane, Hydralazine, andTienilic Acid 71

Abbreviations 71

4.1 Introduction 71

4.2 Acetaminophen 71

4.2.1 Metabolism of Acetaminophen 72

4.2.2 Metabolic Activation of Acetaminophen 73

4.3 Halothane 75

4.3.1 Metabolism of Halothane 76

4.3.2 Hepatotoxicity following Halothane Administration 78

4.4 Hydralazine 79

4.5 Tienilic Acid 82

References 84

5 Pathways of Reactive Metabolite Formation withToxicophores/-Structural Alerts 93

Abbreviations 93

5.1 Introduction 93

5.2 Intrinsically Reactive Toxicophores 93

5.2.1 Electrophilic Functional Groups 94

5.2.2 Metal Complexing Functional Groups 96

5.3 Toxicophores that Require Bioactivation to ReactiveMetabolites 98

5.3.1 Aromatic Amines (Anilines) 98

5.3.2 ortho- and para-Aminophenols 101

5.3.3 Nitroarenes 103

5.3.4 Hydrazines 105

5.3.5 Five-Membered Heteroaromatic Rings 107 Furans 107 Thiophenes 109 Thiazoles and 2-Aminothiazoles 109 3-Alkyl Pyrrole and 3-Alkylindole Derivatives 112 1,3-Benzdioxole (Methylenedioxyphenyl) Motif 115

5.3.6 Terminal Alkenes and Alkynes 117

5.4 Concluding Remarks 121

References 121

6 Intrinsically Electrophilic Compounds as a Liability inDrug Discovery 131

Abbreviations 131

6.1 Introduction 131

6.2 Intrinsic Electrophilicity of b-Lactam Antibiotics as aCausative Factor in Toxicity 131

6.3 Intrinsically Electrophilic Compounds in Drug Discovery133

6.3.1 Linking Innate Electrophilicity with Drug Toxicity 135

6.4 Serendipitous Identification of Intrinsically ElectrophilicCompounds in Drug Discovery 136

References 141

7 Role of Reactive Metabolites in Pharmacological Action145

Abbreviations 145

7.1 Introduction 145

7.2 Drugs Activated Nonenzymatically and by Oxidative Metabolism145

7.2.1 Proton Pump Inhibitors 145

7.2.2 Nitrosoureas 147

7.2.3 Imidazotriazenes 148

7.2.4 Thienotetrahydropyridines 150

7.2.5 Oxazaphosphorines 152

7.2.6 N,N,N0,N0,N0,N0-Hexamethylmelamine 153

7.3 Bioreductive Activation of Drugs 153

7.3.1 Bioreduction to Radical Intermediates 157 Tirapazamine 157 Anthracyclines 157 Enediynes 158 Artemisinin Derivatives 166

7.3.2 Bioreductive Activation to Electrophilic Intermediates168 Mitomycins 168 Aziridinylbenzoquinones 170 Bioreductive Activation of Anthracyclines to AlkylatingSpecies 173 Bioreductive Activation of Nitroaromatic Compounds174

7.4 Concluding Remarks 175

References 176

8 Retrospective Analysis of Structure–ToxicityRelationships of Drugs 185

Abbreviations 185

8.1 Introduction 185

8.2 Irreversible Secondary Pharmacology 189

8.2.1 Common Structural Features: Carboxylic Acids 189

8.3 Primary Pharmacology and Irreversible Secondary Pharmacology191

8.4 Primary or Secondary Pharmacology and Reactive Metabolites:the Possibility for False Structure–Toxicity Relationships192

8.5 Multifactorial Mechanisms as Causes of Toxicity 196

8.6 Clear Correlation between Protein Target and ReactiveMetabolites 197

8.7 Conclusion – Validation of Reactive Metabolites asCauses of Toxicity 198

References 200

9 Bioactivation and Natural Products 203

Abbreviations 203

9.1 Introduction 203

9.2 Well-Known Examples of Bioactivation of Compounds Present inHerbal Remedies 205

9.2.1 Germander and Teucrin A 205

9.2.2 Pennyroyal Oil and Menthofuran 207

9.2.3 Aristolochia and Aristolochic Acid 208

9.2.4 Comfrey, Coltsfoot, and Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids 210

9.3 Well-Known Examples of Bioactivation of Compounds Present inFoods 212

9.3.1 Cycasin 212

9.3.2 Aflatoxin 214

9.3.3 3-Methylindole 216

9.3.4 Polycyclic Azaheterocyclic Compounds in Cooked Meats216

9.3.5 Nitrosamines 219

9.4 Summary 220

References 220

10 Experimental Approaches to Reactive Metabolite Detection225

Abbreviations 225

10.1 Introduction 225

10.2 Identification of Structural Alerts and Avoiding them inDrug Design 225

10.3 Assays for the Detection of Reactive Metabolites 227

10.3.1 Qualitative Electrophile Trapping Assays 227

10.3.2 Quantitative Electrophile Trapping Assays 230

10.3.3 Covalent Binding Assays 231

10.3.4 Detecting and Characterizing Bioactivation by EnzymesOther than Cytochrome P450 233

10.4 Other Studies that can Show the Existence of ReactiveMetabolites 234

10.4.1 Metabolite Identification Studies 234

10.4.2 Radiolabeled Metabolism and Excretion In Vivo 235

10.4.3 Whole-Body Autoradiography and Tissue Binding 236

10.4.4 Inactivation of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes 237

10.5 Conclusion 237

References 238

11 Case Studies on Eliminating/Reducing Reactive MetaboliteFormation in Drug Discovery 241

Abbreviations 241

11.1 Medicinal Chemistry Tactics to Eliminate ReactiveMetabolite Formation 241

11.2 Eliminating Reactive Metabolite Formation on HeterocyclicRing Systems 242

11.2.1 Mechanism(s) of Thiazole Ring Bioactivation and RationalChemistry Approaches to Abolish Reactive Metabolite Formation242

11.2.2 Mechanism(s) of Isothiazole Ring Bioactivation andRational Chemistry Approaches to Abolish Reactive MetaboliteFormation 249

11.3 Medicinal Chemistry Strategies to Mitigate Bioactivation ofElectron-Rich Aromatic Rings 251

11.4 Medicinal Chemistry Strategies to Mitigate Bioactivation ona Piperazine Ring System 256

11.5 4-Fluorofelbamate as a Potentially Safer Alternative toFelbamate 258

11.6 Concluding Remarks 263

References 263

12 Structural Alert and Reactive Metabolite Analysis for theTop 200 Drugs in the US Market by Prescription 269

Abbreviations 269

12.1 Introduction 269

12.2 Structural Alert and Reactive Metabolite Analyses for theTop 20 Most Prescribed Drugs in the United States for the Year 2009270

12.2.1 Daily Dose Trends 270

12.2.2 Presence of Structural Alerts 270

12.2.3 Evidence for Metabolic Activation to Reactive Metabolites275

12.3 Insights Into the Excellent Safety Records for ReactiveMetabolite–Positive Blockbuster Drugs 280

12.4 Structural Alert and Reactive Metabolite Analyses for theRemaining 180 Most Prescribed Drugs 282

12.4.1 Structural Alert and/or Reactive Metabolite “FalsePositives” 289

12.5 Structure Toxicity Trends 302

12.5.1 Meloxicam versus Sudoxicam 304

12.5.2 Zolpidem versus Alpidem 304

12.5.3 Quetiapine versus Olanzapine versus Clozapine 304

References 306

13 Mitigating Toxicity Risks with Affinity Labeling DrugCandidates 313

Abbreviations 313

13.1 Introduction 313

13.2 Designing Covalent Inhibitors 313

13.2.1 Selection of Warheads 316

13.2.2 Reversible Covalent Modification 322

13.3 Optimization of Chemical Reactivity of the Warhead Moiety326

13.3.1 Experimental Approaches 326

13.3.2 In Silico Approaches 328

13.3.3 Additional Derisking Factors 329

13.4 Concluding Remarks 329

References 330

14 Dealing with Reactive Metabolite–Positive Compoundsin Drug Discovery 335

Abbreviations 335

14.1 Introduction 335

14.2 Avoiding the Use of Structural Alerts in Drug Design336

14.3 Structural Alert and Reactive Metabolite Formation 338

14.4 Should Reactive Metabolite–Positive Compounds beNominated as Drug Candidates? 340

14.4.1 Impact of Competing, Detoxification Pathways 341

14.4.2 The Impact of Dose Size 342

14.4.3 Consideration of the Medical Need/Urgency 345

14.4.4 Consideration of the Duration of Treatment 345

14.4.5 Consideration of Novel Pharmacological Targets 346

14.5 The Multifactorial Nature of IADRs 348

14.6 Concluding Remarks 350

References 351

15 Managing IADRs – a Risk–Benefit Analysis357

Abbreviations 357

15.1 Risk–Benefit Analysis 357

15.2 How Common is Clinical Drug Toxicity? 359

15.3 Rules and Laws of Drug Toxicity 363

15.4 Difficulties in Defining Cause and Black Box Warnings365

15.5 Labeling Changes, Contraindications, and Warnings: theEffectiveness of Side Effect Monitoring 367

15.6 Allele Association with Hypersensitivity Induced byAbacavir: Toward a Biomarker for Toxicity 369

15.7 More Questions than Answers: Benefit Risk for ADRs 373

References 374

Index 377

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