Microbial models of mammalian metabolism: microbial transformation of naproxen.Pharmazie. 2000 Dec; 55(12):934-6.P
Preparative-scale fermentation of S-naproxen, the known antiinflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic drug, with Cunninghamella elegans ATCC 9245 afforded S-demethylnaproxen, the known human active metabolite of naproxen, in a 90% yield. Demethylnaproxen was also detected as the major metabolite of naproxen using Cunninghamella blakesleeana ATCC 8688a. A review of the previous microbial metabolism studies using the fungi Cunninghamella species suggested that it could be a plausible in vitro predictor for mammalian metabolism.