What is it about?

Although it is believed widely that the various routes of xenobiotic metabolism are now all known and effectively understood, occasionally there emerges a metabolite that signals a novel biotransformation pathway, especially where the xenobiotic may in some way interact with the myriad processes of intermediary metabolism.There are a few reports in the literature where saturated short-chain dicarboxylic acids have been exploited as conjugating agents and these unusual xenobiotic metabolites subsequently excreted intact in the urine.

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Why is it important?

Dicarboxylic acid condensation with xenobiotic molecules may occur at nitrogen centres, or more precisely with a primary or secondary amine, that is at nitrogen still possessing a replaceable hydrogen atom. Both aliphatic amines and arylamines may be substrates with many of the free amino groups being formed by previous N-dealkylation reactions. Hopefully, awareness of this metabolic route will be raised and researchers will be enthused to search for this type of conjugate.

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This page is a summary of: Xenobiotic Conjugation with Dicarboxylic Acids, Current Drug Metabolism, November 2018, Bentham Science Publishers,
DOI: 10.2174/1389200219666180803142233.
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