Biotransformation of the Novel Myeloperoxidase Inhibitor AZD4831 in Preclinical Species and Humans

Drug Metab Dispos. 2023 Apr;51(4):464-479. doi: 10.1124/dmd.122.001099. Epub 2023 Jan 18.


We report herein an in-depth analysis of the metabolism of the novel myeloperoxidase inhibitor AZD4831 ((R)-1-(2-(1-aminoethyl)-4-chlorobenzyl)-2-thioxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidin-4(5H)-one) in animals and human. Quantitative and qualitative metabolite profiling were performed on samples collected from mass balance studies in rats and humans. Exposure of circulating human metabolites with comparable levels in animal species used in safety assessment were also included. Structural characterization of 20 metabolites was performed by liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry, and quantification was performed by either 14C analysis using solid phase scintillation counting or accelerator mass spectrometry and, where available, authentication with synthesized metabolite standards. A complete mass balance study in rats is presented, while data from dogs and human are limited to metabolite profiling and characterization. The metabolism of AZD4831 is mainly comprised of reactions at the primary amine nitrogen and the thiourea sulfur, resulting in several conjugated metabolites with or without desulfurization. A carbamoyl glucuronide metabolite of AZD4831 (M7) was the most abundant plasma metabolite in both human healthy volunteers and heart failure patients after single and repeated dose administration of AZD4831, accounting for 75%-80% of the total drug-related exposure. Exposures to M7 and other human circulating metabolites were covered in rats and/or dogs, the two models most frequently used in the toxicology studies, and were also highly abundant in the mouse, the second model other than rat used in carcinogenicity studies. The carbamoyl glucuronide M7 was the main metabolite in rat bile, while a desulfurized and cyclized metabolite (M5) was abundant in rat plasma and excreta. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT: The biotransformation of AZD4831, a novel myeloperoxidase inhibitor inhibiting xanthine derivative bearing thiourea and primary aliphatic amine functions, is described. Twenty characterized metabolites demonstrate the involvement of carbamoylation with glucuronidation, desulfurization, and cyclization as main biotransformation reactions. The carbamoyl glucuronide was the main metabolite in human plasma, likely governed by a significant species difference in plasma protein binding for this metabolite, but this and other human plasma metabolites were covered in animals used in the toxicity studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Amines
  • Animals
  • Biotransformation
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Dogs
  • Glucuronides*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Peroxidase*
  • Rats


  • AZD4831
  • Peroxidase
  • Glucuronides
  • Amines