[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Methamphetamine (METH) is a popular drug of abuse, readily synthesized in clandestine laboratories. Illicit synthesis results in various contaminants, one of which is a-benzyl-N-methylphenethylamine (BNMPA). This dissertation investigates the hypotheses that contaminants like BNMPA may contribute to the toxicity of METH and that detection of BNMPNmetabolites in biological fluids may be utilized as markers of illicit METH consumption. Based on metabolic studies of benzphetamine (a structurally similar compound), we predicted the four major metabolites of BNMPA to be N- demethyl-BNMPA, diphenyl-2-propanone, para-hydroxy-N-demethyl-BNMPA para-hydroxy-BNMPA, and diphenyl-2-propanol. We synthesized these compounds and developed a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry detection method. We confirmed these as true metabolites in humans following ingestion. para-Hydroxy-BNMPA and para-hydrnxy-N-demethyl-BNMPA (as conjugates) were the major metabolites detected.
Data provided are for informational purposes only. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The impact factor represents a rough estimation of the journal's impact factor and does not reflect the actual current impact factor. Publisher conditions are provided by RoMEO. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.