NMR as an Aid in Studying N-Alkylformamides and Metabolites

  • Michael D. Threadgill
  • Andreas Gescher
Part of the Methodological Surveys in Biochemistry and Analysis book series (MSBA, volume 18 A)


The common industrial and laboratory solvent DMF≠ and its close analogue NMF share the ability to cause hepatotoxicity in man. They differ, however, in their biological properties towards rodents. NMF is a hepatotoxin towards rats and mice and shows significant activity against tumours of murine [1] and human [2] origin grown in mice. DMF shows neither strong therapeutic nor hepatotoxic activity in mice, whereas NEF in mice shows hepatoxicity only [1, 3]. The explanation for these comparisons and contrasts may be connected with the nature and quantity of the metabolites formed from different N-alkylformamides in the various species. The characterization of the urinary metabolites by conventional techniques such as MS and UV spectrometry is hampered by their lability and lack of a suitable chromophore.


Urinary Metabolite Free Induction Decay Mercapturic Acid Developmental Therapeutics Program Cancer Research Campaign 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Threadgill
    • 1
  • Andreas Gescher
    • 1
  1. 1.Cancer Research Campaign Experimental Chemotherapy Group Pharmaceutical Sciences InstituteAston UniversityAston Triangle, BirminghamUK

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