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Chem Res Toxicol. 2016 Nov 21;29(11):1810-1817. Epub 2016 Oct 17.

Novel Organophosphate Ligand O-(2-Fluoroethyl)-O-(p-Nitrophenyl)Methylphosphonate: Synthesis, Hydrolytic Stability and Analysis of the Inhibition and Reactivation of Cholinesterases.

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Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Montana , Missoula, Montana 59812, United States.
Center for Neuromolecular Research, Drug Discovery Division, Southern Research Institute , Birmingham, Alabama 35205, United States.


The organophosphate O-(2-fluoroethyl)-O-(p-nitrophenyl) methyphosphonate 1 is the first-in-class, fluorine-18 radiolabeled organophosphate inhibitor ([18F]1) of acetylcholinesterase (AChE). In rats, [18F]1 localizes in AChE rich regions of the brain and other tissues where it likely exists as the (CH3)(18FCH2CH2O)P(O)-AChE adduct (ChE-1). Characterization of this adduct would define the inhibition mechanism and subsequent postinhibitory pathways and reactivation rates. To validate this adduct, the stability (hydrolysis) of 1 and ChE-1 reactivation rates were determined. Base hydrolysis of 1 yields p-nitrophenol and (CH3) (FCH2CH2O)P(O)OH with pseudo first order rate constants (kobsd) at pH 7.4 (PBS) of 3.25 × 10-4 min-1 (t1/2 = 35.5 h) at 25 °C and 8.70 × 10-4 min-1 (t1/2 = 13.3 h) at 37 °C. Compound 1 was a potent inhibitor of human acetylcholinesterase (HuAChE; ki = 7.5 × 105 M-1 min-1), electric eel acetylcholinesterase (EEAChE) (ki = 3.0 × 106 M-1 min-1), and human serum butyrylcholinesterase (HuBChE; 1.95 × 105 M-1 min-1). Spontaneous and oxime-mediated reactivation rates for the (CH3) (FCH2CH2O)P(O)-serine ChE adducts using 2-PAM (10 μM) were (a) HuAChE 8.8 × 10-5 min-1 (t1/2 = 131.2 h) and 2.41 × 10-2 min-1 (t1/2 = 0.48 h), (b) EEAChE 9.32 × 10-3 min-1 (t1/2 = 1.24 h) and 3.33 × 10-2 min-1 (t1/2 = 0.35 h), and (c) HuBChE 1.16 × 10-4 min-1 (t1/2 = 99.6 h) and 4.19 × 10-2 min-1 (t1/2 = 0.27 h). All ChE-1 adducts undergo rapid and near complete restoration of enzyme activity following addition of 2-PAM (30 min), and no aging was observed for either reactivation process. The fast reactivation rates and absence of aging of ChE-1 adducts are explained on the basis of the electron-withdrawing fluorine group that favors the nucleophilic reactivation processes but disfavors cation-based dealkylation aging mechanisms. Therefore, the likely fate of radiolabeled compound 1 in vivo is the formation of (CH3)(FCH2CH2O)P(O)-serine adducts and monoacid (CH3)(FCH2CH2O)P(O)OH from hydrolysis and reactivation.

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