Human halothane metabolism, lipid peroxidation, and cytochromes P(450)2A6 and P(450)3A4.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Halothane undergoes both oxidative and reductive metabolism by cytochrome P450 (CYP), respectively causing rare immune-mediated hepatic necrosis and common, mild subclinical hepatic toxicity. Halothane also causes lipid peroxidation in rodents in vitro and in vivo, but in vivo effects in humans are unknown. In vitro investigations have identified a role for human CYPs 2E1 and 2A6 in oxidation and CYPs 2A6 and 3A4 in reduction. The mechanism-based CYP2E1 inhibitor disulfiram diminished human halothane oxidation in vivo. This investigation tested the hypotheses that halothane causes lipid peroxidation in humans in vivo, and that CYP2A6 or CYP3A4 inhibition can diminish halothane metabolism. METHODS: Patients (n = 9 each group) received single doses of the mechanism-based inhibitors troleandomycin (CYP3A4), methoxsalen (CYP2A6) or nothing (controls) before a standard halothane anaesthetic. Reductive halothane metabolites chlorotrifluoroethane and chlorodifluoroethylene in exhaled breath, fluoride in urine, and oxidative metabolites trifluoroacetic acid and bromide in urine were measured for 48 h postoperatively. Lipid peroxidation was assessed by plasma F2-isoprostane concentrations. RESULTS: The halothane dose was similar in all groups. Methoxsalen decreased 0- to 8-h trifluoroacetic acid (23 +/- 20 micromol vs 116 +/- 78 micromol) and bromide (17 +/- 11 micromol vs 53 +/- 49 micromol) excretion (P < 0.05), but not thereafter. Plasma F2-isoprostanes in controls were increased from 8.5 +/- 4.5 pg/ml to 12.5 +/- 5.0 pg/ml postoperatively (P < 0.05). Neither methoxsalen nor troleandomycin diminished reductive halothane metabolite or F2-isoprostane concentrations. CONCLUSIONS: These results provide the first evidence for halothane-dependent lipid peroxidation in humans. Methoxsalen effects on halothane oxidation confirm in vitro results and suggest limited CYP2A6 participation in vivo. CYP2A6-mediated, like CYP2E1-mediated human halothane oxidation, can be inhibited in vivo by mechanism-based CYP inhibitors. In contrast, clinical halothane reduction and lipid peroxidation were not amenable to suppression by CYP inhibitors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kharasch, ED; Hankins, DC; Fenstamaker, K; Cox, K

Published Date

  • February 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 11-12

Start / End Page

  • 853 - 859

PubMed ID

  • 10805064

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-6970

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s002280050707


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany