PMID: 38083May 1, 1979

Characterization of mephenytoin metabolites in human urine by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry

Drug Metabolism and Disposition : the Biological Fate of Chemicals
R K LynnN Gerber


Metabolites of mephenytoin (5-ethyl-3-methyl-5-phenylhydantoin) were characterized in human urine following chromatography on XAD-2 resin, permethylation, and combined gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Four glucuronide metabolites previously unidentified in man were characterized as their permethylated derivatives by chemical-ionization and electron-impact mass spectrometry. These metabolites included 5-ethyl-5-(hydroxyphenyl)-3-methylhydantoin O-glucuronide; 5-hydroxyethyl-3-methyl-5-phenyl-hydantoin O-glucuronide; 5-ethyl-5-(hydroxymethoxyphenyl)-3-methylhydantoin O-glucuronide; and a metabolite tentatively identified as 5-ethyl-5-phenylhydantoin N3-glucuronide in which both N-demethylation and glucuronide conjugation of the hydantoin ring have occurred. Mephenytoin, N-demethylmephenytoin, 5-ethyl-5-(hydroxyphenyl)-3-methylhydantoin, and 5-ethyl-5-(hydroxymethoxyphenyl)-3-methylhydantoin were characterized in extracts of enzymatically hydrolyzed urine.

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