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Current Drug Metabolism


ISSN (Print): 1389-2002
ISSN (Online): 1875-5453

General Research Article

Murburn Precepts for Cytochrome P450 Mediated Drug/Xenobiotic Metabolism and Homeostasis

Author(s): Abhinav Parashar* and Kelath M. Manoj*

Volume 22, Issue 4, 2021

Published on: 18 January, 2021

Page: [315 - 326] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1389200222666210118102230

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Aims: We aim to demonstrate why deeming diffusible reactive oxygen species (DROS) as toxic wastes do not afford a comprehensive understanding of cytochrome P450 mediated microsomal xenobiotic metabolism (mXM).

Background: Current pharmacokinetic investigations consider reactive oxygen species formed in microsomal reactions as toxic waste products, whereas our works (Manoj et al., 2016) showed that DROS are the reaction mainstay in cytochrome P450 mediated metabolism and that they play significant roles in explaining several unexplained physiologies.

Objective: Herein, we strive to detail the thermodynamic and kinetic foundations of murburn precepts of cytochrome P450 mediated drug metabolism.

Methods: Primarily, in silico approaches (using pdb crystal structure files), murburn reaction chemistry logic and thermodynamic calculations to elucidate the new model of CYP-mediated drug metabolism. The theoretical foundations are used to explain experimental observations.

Results: We visually elucidate how murburn model better explains- (i) promiscuity of the unique P450-reductase; (ii) prolific activity and inhibitions of CYP3A4; (iii) structure-function correlations of important key CYP2 family isozymes- 2C9, 2D6 and 2E1; and (iv) mutation studies and mechanism-based inactivation of CYPs. Several other miscellaneous aspects of CYP reaction chemistry are also addressed.

Conclusion: In the light of our findings that DROS are crucial for explaining reaction outcomes in mXM, approaches for understanding drug-drug interactions and methodologies for lead drug candidates' optimizations should be revisited.

Keywords: Cytochrome P450 (CYP), murburn concept, drug/xenobiotic metabolism, pharmacokinetics, diffusible reactive oxygen species (DROS), CYP3A4.

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