Enantiomer analysis of a new street drug,
3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methyl-butanamine, in rat urine

by
Nagai T, Matsushima K, Suzuki A, Saotome A,
Kurosu A, Nihei H, Kuroyanagi K, Tokudome S.
Department of Legal Medicine,
Dokkyo University School of Medicine,
Mibu, Tochigi, Japan.
J Anal Toxicol 2002 Mar;26(2):104-9


ABSTRACT

A new street drug, 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methyl-butanamine (MBDB), has been found in Japan recently. The stereoisomer monitoring and the urinary excretion kinetics are not determined in biological fluids even though abused MBDB is a racemic form [enantiomer ratio (-/+) = 1.00]. The present studies were done by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipped with a chiral activity column at 40 degrees C using urine specimens from five Wistar rats. Urine samples were collected over six time intervals after a single oral administration of racemic MBDB (30 mg/kg). Unchanged MBDB and 3,4-methylenedioxybutanamine (BDB), an N-demethylated metabolite, were found in the rats' urine. Each enantiomer of MBDB and BDB was monitored (peak resolution > 1.00) by HPLC analysis within 30 min. For both MBDB and BDB, the (+)-isomers were excreted a little more than the (-)-isomers. The stereoselective disposition of BDB was more remarkable than that of MBDB and was observed in the urine throughout the study (p < 0.05). The urinary excretion of MBDB showed significant difference between the two enantiomers from 4 to 20 h (p < 0.05). The amount of MBDB excreted up to 24 h was 34.7+/-2.8% of the administered dose: 17.6+/-1.4% for (+)-isomer and 17.1+/-1.5% for (-)-isomer. The amount of BDB was 4.9+/-1.0%; 2.9+/-0.6% for (+)-isomer and 2.0+/-0.4% for (-)-isomer. The enantiomer ratio (-/+) of MBDB and BDB was 1.00 or a little smaller. The ratio (-/+) of MBDB changed from 1.00+/-0.02 to 0.88+/-0.09 by 24 h, and that of BDB from 0.68+/-0.03 to 0.78+/-0.02. The ratio (-/+) for MBDB and BDB accumulated up to 24 h was 0.97+/-0.01 and 0.70+/-0.06, respectively, and the total ratio (-/+) of the two substances was 0.93+/-0.02 (p < 0.05). These findings suggested that the stereoselective disposition of racemic MBDB was different from that of 3,4-dimethylenedioxyamphetamine and 3,4-dimethylenedioxymethamphetamine and was similar to that of methamphetamine.

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