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Pentylindole/Pentylindazole Synthetic Cannabinoids and Their 5-Fluoro Analogs Produce Different Primary Metabolites: Metabolite Profiling for AB-PINACA and 5F-AB-PINACA
NIDA, MD 21224 USA.
NIDA, MD 21224 USA.
Bristol Myers Squibb Co, NJ 08543 USA.
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2015 (English)In: AAPS Journal, ISSN 1550-7416, E-ISSN 1550-7416, Vol. 17, no 3, 660-677 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Whereas non-fluoropentylindole/indazole synthetic cannabinoids appear to be metabolized preferably at the pentyl chain though without clear preference for one specific position, their 5-fluoro analogs major metabolites usually are 5-hydroxypentyl and pentanoic acid metabolites. We determined metabolic stability and metabolites of N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-PINACA) and 5-fluoro-AB-PINACA (5F-AB-PINACA), two new synthetic cannabinoids, and investigated if results were similar. In silico prediction was performed with MetaSite (Molecular Discovery). For metabolic stability, 1 mu mol/L of each compound was incubated with human liver microsomes for up to 1 h, and for metabolite profiling, 10 mu mol/L was incubated with pooled human hepatocytes for up to 3 h. Also, authentic urine specimens from AB-PINACA cases were hydrolyzed and extracted. All samples were analyzed by liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry on a TripleTOF 5600+ (AB SCIEX) with gradient elution (0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile). High-resolution full-scan mass spectrometry (MS) and information-dependent acquisition MS/MS data were analyzed with MetabolitePilot (AB SCIEX) using different data processing algorithms. Both drugs had intermediate clearance. We identified 23 AB-PINACA metabolites, generated by carboxamide hydrolysis, hydroxylation, ketone formation, carboxylation, epoxide formation with subsequent hydrolysis, or reaction combinations. We identified 18 5F-AB-PINACA metabolites, generated by the same biotransformations and oxidative defluorination producing 5-hydroxypentyl and pentanoic acid metabolites shared with AB-PINACA. Authentic urine specimens documented presence of these metabolites. AB-PINACA and 5F-AB-PINACA produced suggested metabolite patterns. AB-PINACA was predominantly hydrolyzed to AB-PINACA carboxylic acid, carbonyl-AB-PINACA, and hydroxypentyl AB-PINACA, likely in 4-position. The most intense 5F-AB-PINACA metabolites were AB-PINACA pentanoic acid and 5-hydroxypentyl-AB-PINACA.

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American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists , 2015. Vol. 17, no 3, 660-677 p.
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5-fluoro-AB-PINACA; AB-PINACA; in silico prediction; metabolism; synthetic cannabinoids
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118859DOI: 10.1208/s12248-015-9721-0ISI: 000353560700015PubMedID: 25721194OAI: diva2:817994

Funding Agencies|Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

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