Metabolism and disposition of 3,6-dibutanoylmorphine ...

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Title Metabolism and disposition of 3,6-dibutanoylmorphine in rat brain
Author(s) R. Andrew R. Tasker, K. Nakatsu
Journal Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Date 1986
Volume 64
Issue 9
Start page 1160
End page 1163
Abstract In previous studies from this laboratory it was found that dibutanoylmorphine (DBM) was more potent than morphine as an analgesic in rats and that it was less active than acetyl esters of morphine on behaviour. As DBM is a morphine prodrug, the aim of this work was to determine if rat brain homogenates were capable of deacylating DBM and monobutanoylmorphine (MBM) and to determine relative proportions of parent drug to metabolites in the brain in vivo. In 10% (w/v) brain homogenates, DBM was eliminated with a half-life of about 70 min (corrected for dilution), while MBM was eliminated 10 times as quickly. DBM and its metabolites were found in both blood and brain as early as 1 min after i.v. administration of DBM. After 5 min, the predominant form in blood was MBM and in brain it was DBM. Thus, rat brain possesses the capacity to metabolize DBM by deesterification and the parent drug, MBM, and morphine were found in blood and brain in vivo.

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