• Journal Article

Identification of metabolites of [1,2,3-13C]propargyl alcohol in mouse urine by 13C NMR and mass spectrometry and comparison to rat


Banijamali, A. R., Xu, Y., DeMatteo, V., Strunk, R., & Sumner, S. (2000). Identification of metabolites of [1,2,3-13C]propargyl alcohol in mouse urine by 13C NMR and mass spectrometry and comparison to rat. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 48(10), 4693-4710. DOI: 10.1021/jf000176k


Species differences in the metabolism of acetylenic compounds commonly used in the formulation of pharmaceuticals and pesticides have not been investigated. To better understand the in vivo reactivity of this bond, the metabolism of propargyl alcohol (PA), 2-propyn-1-ol, was examined in rats and mice. An earlier study (Banijamali, A. R.; Xu, Y.; Strunk, R. J.; Gay, M. H.; Ellis, M. C.; Putterman, G. J. J. Agric. Food Chem. 1999, 47, 1717?1729) in rats revealed that PA undergoes extensive metabolism primarily via glutathione conjugation. The current research describes the metabolism of PA in CD-1 mice and compares results for the mice to those obtained for rats. [1,2,3-13C;2,3-14C]PA was administered orally to the mice. Approximately 60% of the dose was excreted in urine by 96 h. Metabolites were identified, directly, in whole urine by 1- and 2-D 13C NMR and HPLC/MS and by comparison with the available reference compounds. The proposed metabolic pathway involves glucuronide conjugation of PA to form 2-propyn-1-ol?glucuronide as well as oxidation of PA to the proposed intermediate 2-propynal. The aldehyde undergoes conjugation with glutathione followed by further metabolism to yield as final products 3,3-bis[(2-acetylamino-2-carboxyethyl)thio]-1-propanol, 3-[(2-acetylamino-2-carboxyethyl)thio]-3-[(2-amino-2-carboxyethyl)thio]-1-propanol, 3,3-bis[(2-amino-2-carboxyethyl)thio]-1-propanol, 3-[(2-amino-2-carboxyethyl)thio]-2-propenoic acid, and 3-[(2-formylamino-2-carboxyethyl)thio]-2-propenoic acid. A small portion of 2-propynal is also oxidized to result in the excretion of 2-propynoic acid. On the basis of urinary metabolite data, qualitative and quantitative differences are noted between rats and mice in the formation of the glucuronide conjugate of PA and in the formation of 2-propynoic acid and metabolites derived from glutathione. These metabolites represent further variation on glutathione metabolism following its addition to the carbon?carbon triple bond compared to those described for the rat.