Metabolism of ketoconazole and deacetylated ketoconazole by rat hepatic microsomes and flavin-containing monooxygenases.Drug Metab Dispos. 1997 Jun; 25(6):772-7.DM
Ketoconazole (KT) has been reported to cause hepatotoxicity, which is probably not mediated through an immunoallergic mechanism. Although KT is extensively metabolized by hepatic microsomal enzymes, the nature, route of formation, and toxicity of suspected metabolites are largely unknown. Recent reports indicate that N-deacetyl ketoconazole (DAK) is a major initial metabolite in mice, which, like lipophilic 4-alkylpiperazines, is susceptible to successive oxidative attacks on the N-1 position producing ring-opened dialdehydes. The rate of formation of DAK from hepatic rat microsomal incubations of KT was determined by HPLC. The rate of disappearance for KT was almost equal to the rate of DAK formation: 5.96 and 5.88 microM/hr, respectively. Also, the potential bioactivation of DAK was evaluated by measuring substrate activity of DAK with purified pig liver flavin-containing monooxygenase (FMO) and rat liver microsomes. Activity was measured by following DAK-dependent oxygen uptake polarographically at 37 degrees C in pyrophosphate buffer (pH 8.8) containing the glucose-6-phosphate NADPH-generating system. The K(M)'s of DAK were 34.6 and 77.4 microM for the purified FMO and rat microsomal FMO, respectively. Lastly, DAK was found to be metabolized by an NADPH-dependent rat liver microsomal monooxygenases at pH 8.8 to two metabolites as determined by HPLC. Heat inactivation of rat liver microsomal FMO abolished the formation of these metabolites from DAK. SKF-525A and anti-rat NADPH cytochrome P450 reductase did not inhibit this reaction. These results suggest that deacetylation of KT yields a major product, DAK, for further metabolism by microsomal monooxygenases that seem to be FMO-related.