1. The fate of sulphadimethoxine (2,4-dimethoxy-6-sulphanilamidopyrimidine) was studied in man, rhesus monkey, dog, rat, guinea pig and rabbit. 2. About 20–46% of the dose (0·1g./kg.) of the drug is excreted in the urine in 24hr. in these species, except the rat, in which only 13% is excreted. 3. In man and the monkey sulphadimethoxine N1-glucuronide is the major metabolite in the urine. In the rabbit and guinea pig N4-acetylsulphadimethoxine is the main metabolite. In the dog the drug is excreted mainly unchanged. In the rat equal amounts of the unchanged drug and its N4-acetyl derivative are the main products. 4. Small amounts of sulphadimethoxine N4-glucuronide are found in the urine of all the species. Sulphadimethoxine N1-glucuronide occurs in small amounts in the urine of rat, dog and guinea pig; none is found in rabbit urine. 5. Sulphadimethoxine N4-sulphate was synthesized and found to occur in small amounts in rat urine. 6. Monkey liver homogenates fortified with UDP-glucuronic acid are able to synthesize sulphadimethoxine N1-glucuronide with the drug as substrate. Rat liver has also this ability to a slight extent, but rabbit liver is unable to do so. 7. Sulphadimethoxine N4-glucuronide is formed spontaneously when the drug is added to human urine. 8. The biliary excretion of the drug and its metabolites was examined in rats. The drug is excreted in rat bile mainly as the N1-glucuronide. The N1- and N4-glucuronides administered as such are extensively excreted in the bile by rats.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| October 01 1968
Species differences in the metabolism of sulphadimethoxine
J W Bridges;
M. R. Kibby;
S R Walker;
Biochem J (1968) 109 (5): 851–856.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
J W Bridges, M. R. Kibby, S R Walker, R T Williams; Species differences in the metabolism of sulphadimethoxine. Biochem J 1 October 1968; 109 (5): 851–856. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1090851
Download citation file: