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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2010 Nov 1;20(21):6262-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2010.08.095. Epub 2010 Aug 21.

Intrinsic electrophilicity of the 4-methylsulfonyl-2-pyridone scaffold in glucokinase activators: role of glutathione-S-transferases and in vivo quantitation of a glutathione conjugate in rats.

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Pfizer Global Research and Development, Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340, United States.


Previous studies on the in vitro metabolism of 4-alkylsulfonyl-2-pyridone-based glucokinase activators revealed a facile, non-enzymatic displacement of the 4-alkylsulfonyl group by glutathione. In the present studies, a role for glutathione-S-transferases (GST) as catalysts in the desulfonylation reaction was demonstrated using a combination of human liver microsomes, human liver cytosol and human GSTs. The identification of a glutathione conjugate in circulation following intravenous administration of a candidate 4-methylsulfonyl-2-pyridone to rats confirmed the relevance of the in vitro findings.

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