Human cytochrome P450 oxidation of 5-hydroxythalidomide and pomalidomide, an amino analogue of thalidomide.

Chowdhury G, Shibata N, Yamazaki H, Guengerich FP
Chem Res Toxicol. 2014 27 (1): 147-56

PMID: 24350712 · PMCID: PMC3929586 · DOI:10.1021/tx4004215

The sedative and antiemetic drug thalidomide [α-(N-phthalimido)glutarimide] was withdrawn in the early 1960s because of its potent teratogenic effects but was approved for the treatment of lesions associated with leprosy in 1998 and multiple myeloma in 2006. The mechanism of teratogenicity of thalidomide still remains unclear, but it is well-established that metabolism of thalidomide is important for both teratogenicity and cancer treatment outcome. Thalidomide is oxidized by various cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes, the major one being P450 2C19, to 5-hydroxy-, 5'-hydroxy-, and dihydroxythalidomide. We previously reported that P450 3A4 oxidizes thalidomide to the 5-hydroxy and dihydroxy metabolites, with the second oxidation step involving a reactive intermediate, possibly an arene oxide, that can be trapped by glutathione (GSH) to GSH adducts. We now show that the dihydroxythalidomide metabolite can be further oxidized to a quinone intermediate. Human P450s 2J2, 2C18, and 4A11 were also found to oxidize 5-hydroxythalidomide to dihydroxy products. Unlike P450s 2C19 and 3A4, neither P450 2J2, 2C18, nor 4A11 oxidized thalidomide itself. A recently approved amino analogue of thalidomide, pomalidomide (CC-4047, Actimid), was also oxidized by human liver microsomes and P450s 2C19, 3A4, and 2J2 to the corresponding phthalimide ring-hydroxylated product.

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Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System Humans Kinetics Molecular Structure Oxidation-Reduction Thalidomide

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