Previously, we observed that the oxazinone ring is important for cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6) activity toward efavirenz ((4S)-6-chloro-4-(2-cyclopropylethynyl)-1,4-dihydro-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2H-3,1-benzoxazin-2-one), a CYP2B6 substrate used to treat HIV. To further understand the structural characteristics of efavirenz that render it a CYP2B6 substrate, we tested the importance of each heteroatom of the oxazinone ring. We assembled a panel of five analogues: 6-chloro-4-(2-cyclopropylethynyl)-1,4-dihydro-2-methyl-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2H-3,1-benzoxazine (1), (4S)-6-chloro-4-[(1E)-2-cyclopropylethenyl]-3,4-dihydro-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2(1H)-quinazolinone (2), (4S)-6-chloro-4-(2-cyclopropylethynyl)-3,4-dihydro-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2(1H)-quinazolinone (3), 6-chloro-4-(cyclopropylethynyl)-3,4-dihydro-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2(1H)-quinolinone (4), and 6-chloro-4-(cyclopropylethynyl)-4-(trifluoromethyl)-4H-benzo[d][1,3]dioxin-2-one (5). The metabolism of compounds 1-5 was investigated using human liver microsomes, individual P450s, and mass spectrometry or UV/Vis absorbance detection. Steady-state analysis of CYP2B6 metabolism of 1-5 showed KM values ranging from 0.3- to 3.9-fold different from that observed for efavirenz (KM : 3.6±1.7 μm). The lowest KM values, approximating 1 μm, were observed for the metabolism of 1, whereas the greatest KM value, 14±6.4 μm, was found for 4. Our work reveals that analogues with heteroatom changes in the oxazinone ring are still CYP2B6 substrates, although the changes in KM suggest altered substrate binding.
Keywords: cytochromes P450; drug metabolism; efavirenz; structure-activity relationships.
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