Exploring the Utility of High-Resolution MS with Post-Acquisition Data Mining for Simultaneous Exogenous and Endogenous Metabolite Profiling

Published:  15 May 2013

Barbara JE, Buckley DB, Horrigan MJ
The utility of high-resolution MS (HRMS) with post-acquisition data mining in DMPK goes much further than the now established approach to simultaneously acquire quantitative and qualitative information for lead compounds at the discovery stage. Indeed, HRMS has promise for addressing multiple complex drug-development applications in a single experiment. In the present study, one HRMS dataset acquired for in vitro incubations of the model compound dasatinib was mined post-acquisition to address four different issues: stability, metabolite profiling, glutathione conjugate analysis, and endogenous lipid profiling.

Metabolism-Dependent Inhibition of CYP3A4 by Lapatinib: Evidence for Formation of a Metabolic Intermediate Complex with a Nitroso/Oxime Metabolite Formed via a Nitrone Intermediate

Published:  01 May 2013

Barbara JE, Kazmi F, Parkinson A, Buckley DB
Metabolism-dependent inhibition (MDI) of cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes has the potential to cause clinically relevant drug-drug interactions. In the case of several alkylamine drugs, MDI of P450 involves formation of a metabolite that binds quasi-irreversibly to the ferrous heme iron to form a metabolic intermediate (MI) complex. The specific metabolites coordinately bound to ferrous iron and the pathways leading to MI complex formation are the subject of debate. We describe an approach combining heme iron oxidation with potassium ferricyanide and metabolite profiling to probe the mechanism of MI complex-based CYP3A4 inactivation by the secondary alkylamine drug lapatinib. Ten metabolites formed from lapatinib by CYP3A4-mediated heteroatom dealkylation, C-hydroxylation, N-oxygenation with or without further oxidation, or a combination thereof, were detected by accurate mass spectrometry. The abundance of one metabolite, the N-dealkylated nitroso/oxime lapatinib metabolite (M9), correlated directly with the prevalence or the disruption of the MI complex with CYP3A4. Nitroso/oxime metabolite formation from secondary alkylamines has been proposed to occur through two possible pathways: (1) sequential N-dealkylation, N-hydroxylation, and dehydrogenation (primary hydroxylamine pathway) or (2) N-hydroxylation with dehydrogenation to yield a nitrone followed by N-dealkylation (secondary hydroxylamine pathway). All intermediates for the secondary hydroxylamine pathway were detected but the primary N-hydroxylamine intermediate of the primary hydroxylamine pathway was not. Our findings support the mechanism of lapatinib CYP3A4 inactivation as MI complex formation with the nitroso metabolite formed through the secondary hydroxylamine and nitrone pathway, rather than by N-dealkylation to the primary amine followed by N-hydroxylation and dehydrogenation as is usually assumed.

Lysosomal Sequestration (Trapping) of Lipophilic Amine (Cationic Amphiphilic) Drugs in Immortalized Human Hepatocytes (Fa2N-4 cells)

Published:  15 April 2013

Kazmi F, Hensley T, Pope C, Funk RS, Loewen GJ, Buckley DB, Parkinson A
Lipophilic (logP > 1) and amphiphilic drugs (also known as cationic amphiphilic drugs) with ionizable amines (pKa > 6) can accumulate in lysosomes, a process known as lysosomal trapping. This process contributes to presystemic extraction by lysosome-rich organs (such as liver and lung), which, together with the binding of lipophilic amines to phospholipids, contributes to the large volume of distribution characteristic of numerous cardiovascular and central nervous system drugs. Accumulation of lipophilic amines in lysosomes has been implicated as a cause of phospholipidosis. Furthermore, elevated levels of lipophilic amines in lysosomes can lead to high organ-to-blood ratios of drugs that can be mistaken for active drug transport. In the present study, we describe an in vitro fluorescence-based method (using the lysosome-specific probe LysoTracker Red) to identify lysosomotropic agents in immortalized hepatocytes (Fa2N-4 cells). A diverse set of compounds with various physicochemical properties were tested, such as acids, bases, and zwitterions. In addition, the partitioning of the nonlysosomotropic atorvastatin (an anion) and the lysosomotropics propranolol and imipramine (cations) were quantified in Fa2N-4 cells in the presence or absence of various lysosomotropic or nonlysosomotropic agents and inhibitors of lysosomal sequestration (NH4Cl, nigericin, and monensin). Cellular partitioning of propranolol and imipramine was markedly reduced (by at least 40%) by NH4Cl, nigericin, or monensin. Lysosomotropic drugs also inhibited the partitioning of propranolol by at least 50%, with imipramine partitioning affected to a lesser degree. This study demonstrates the usefulness of immortalized hepatocytes (Fa2N-4 cells) for determining the lysosomal sequestration of lipophilic amines.