CYP3A4 mediates dextropropoxyphene N-demethylation to nordextropropoxyphene: Human in vitro and in vivo studies and lack of CYP2D6 involvement

A. A. Somogyi, Andrew Menelaou, S. V. Fullston

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    The individual cytochrome P450 isoforms in dextropropoxyphene N-demethylation to nordextropropoxyphene were determined and the pharmacokinetics of dextropropoxyphene and nordextropropoxyphene in cytochrome P4502D6 (CYP2D6) extensive (EM) and poor (PM) subjects were characterized. Microsomes from six CYP2D6 extensive metabolizers and one CYP2D6 poor metabolizer were used with isoform specific chemical and antibody inhibitors and expressed recombinant CYP enzymes. Groups of three CYP2D6 EM and PM subjects received a single 65-mg oral dose of dextropropoxyphene, and blood and urine were collected for 168 and 96 h, respectively. Nordextropropoxyphene formation in vitro was not different between the CYP2D6 extensive metabolizers (K m = 179 ± 74 μM, Clint = 0.41 ± 0.26 ml mg-1h-1) and the PM subject (Km = 225 μM, Clint = 0.19 ml mg-1h-1) and was catalysed predominantly by CYP3A4. There was no apparent difference in the pharmacokinetics of dextropropoxyphene and nordextropropoxyphene in CYP2D6 EM and PM subjects. CYP3A4 is the major CYP enzyme catalysing the major metabolic pathway of dextropropoxyphene metabolism. Hence variability in the pharmacodynamic effects of dextropropoxyphene are likely due to intersubject variability in hepatic CYP3A4 expression and/or drug-drug interactions. Reported CYP2D6 phenocopying is not due to dextropropoxyphene being a CYP2D6 substrate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)875-887
    Number of pages13
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry
    • Toxicology
    • Pharmacology
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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