2-Amino-3-methyl-9H-pyrido[2,3-b]indole (MeA alpha C) is a proximate mutagenic and carcinogenic heterocyclic amine formed during ordinary cooking. In model systems, MeA alpha C can be formed by pyrolyses of either tryptophan or proteins of animal or vegetable origin. In the present study, the in vivo metabolism of MeA alpha C in rats was investigated. Rats were dosed with tritium-labeled MeA alpha C, and urine and feces were collected over 3 days. The metabolites of MeA alpha C were identified by high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and quantified by liquid scintillation counting. Conjugated metabolites were characterized by enzymatic hydrolyzes with beta-glucuronidase or arylsulfatase. The data showed that the metabolic pattern of MeA alpha C was similar in all rats. About 65% of the dose was excreted in urine and feces, and the major amount of MeA alpha C-metabolites was excreted during the first 24 h. Thirty-four percent of the dose was found in the rat urine samples collected to 24 h. In addition to unmetabolized MeA alpha C and two phase I metabolites, 6-OH-MeA alpha C and 7-OH-MeA alpha C, the following conjugated metabolites were identified: MeA alpha C-N(2)-glucuronide, A alpha C-3-CH(2)O-glucuronide, 3-carboxy-A alpha C and 3-carboxy-A alpha C-glucuronide, and sulfate and glucuronide conjugates of 6-OH-MeA alpha C and 7-OH-MeA alpha C. Also, a large amount of a rather unstable compound proposed to be of MeA alpha C-N1-glucuronide was found. About 21% of the dose was excreted in feces during the first 24 h, and MeA alpha C and 7-OH-MeA alpha C were the only compounds identified in feces. Any activated metabolites of MeA alpha C were not detected in rat urine or feces.
Drug Metabolism and Disposition, 2004, Vol 32, Issue 6, p. 661-5
Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Administration, Oral; Animals; Carbolines; Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid; Feces; Male; Mass Spectrometry; Rats; Rats, Wistar; Tritium