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Nakahara Y, Hanajiri R. 
“Hair analysis for drugs of abuse XXI. Effect of para-substituents on benzene ring of methamphetamine on drug incorporation into rat hair”. 
Life Sci. 2000;66(7):563-74.
In order to study the effect of para-substituents on the benzene ring of methamphetamine on drug incorporation into hair from blood, the plasma AUCs and hair concentrations of 7 methamphetamines [methamphetamine(MA), p-hydroxymethamphetamine(OHMA), p-bromomethamphetamine (BMA), p-aminomethamphetamine (AMA), p-nitromethamphetamine (NMA), p-methoxymethamphetamine (MOMA) and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)] plus propylhexedrine(PHX) in DA rats was determined after intraperitoneal injection at 5 mg/kg, with single dose for the plasma AUC and 10 doses for the hair concentration. Drug incorporation rates into hair (ICRs) were calculated by dividing each hair concentration by each plasma AUC. Comparing the highest value (NMA) to the lowest one (OHMA), the ICR of NMA was 31.7 times larger than that of OHMA. Using the ICR of MA which has no substitute on the benzene ring as a base point, nitro, bromo, methylenedioxy, methoxy and amino groups raised the drug incorporation into rat hair in this order. On the other hand, hydroxy substitution showed a negative effect on the ICR. In comparison between the ICRs of MA and PHX, it was found that the benzene ring shows higher affinity to melanin and less lipophilicity than the cyclohexyl ring. Our results showed that there is a relatively strong effect of the functional groups on drug incorporation into hair. The combination of melanin affinity and lipophilicity are clearly correlated with their ICR.
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