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Carmo H, Hengstler JG, de Boer D, Ringel M, Remião F, Carvalho F, Fernandes E, dos Reys LA, Oesch F, de Lourdes Bastos M. 
“Metabolic pathways of 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine 2C-B: analysis of phase I metabolism with hepatocytes of six species including human”. 
Toxicology. 2005 Jan 13;206(1):75-89.
4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine 2C-B is a psychoactive designer drug of abuse that is sold under the street names 'Venus', 'Bromo', 'Erox', 'XTC' or 'Nexus'. Concern has been raised because only little is known about its toxicity and metabolism in humans. In the present study we incubated 2C-B with human, monkey, dog, rabbit, rat and mouse hepatocytes to identify the metabolites formed and to determine possible toxic effects as evidenced by an ATP assay. Our data allow construction of the main metabolic pathways of 2C-B. Oxidative deamination results in the 2-4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl-ethanol BDMPE and 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenylacetic acid BDMPAA metabolites. Additionally, 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxybenzoic acid BDMBA can be produced also by oxidative deamination. Further metabolism of BDMPE and BDMPAA may occur by demethylation. Alternatively, the later metabolites can be generated by demethylation of 2C-B followed by oxidative deamination. Two remarkable interspecies differences in metabolism of 2C-B were observed i a hitherto unknown metabolite, 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-phenol BDMP, was identified after incubation only with mouse hepatocytes ii 2-4-bromo-2-hydroxy-5-methoxyphenyl-ethanol B-2-HMPE was produced by hepatocytes from human, monkey and rabbit but not by dog, rat and mouse. Comparing the toxic effects of 2C-B between hepatocytes of the six examined species we observed only minor interspecies differences. However, large inter-individual differences in susceptibility of hepatocytes from three human donors were observed.
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