Reaction: (1) albendazole + [reduced NADPHhemoprotein reductase] + O2 = albendazole S-oxide + [oxidized NADPHhemoprotein reductase] + H2O
(2) fenbendazole + [reduced NADPHhemoprotein reductase] + O2 = fenbendazole S-oxide + [oxidized NADPHhemoprotein reductase] + H2O
For diagram of reaction click here.
Glossary: albendazole = methyl [5-(propylsulfanyl)-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl]carbamate
fenbendazole = methyl [5-(phenylsulfanyl)-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl]carbamate
Other name(s): albendazole sulfoxidase (ambiguous); albendazole hydroxylase (ambiguous); CYP3A4 (gene name); CYP2J2 (gene name); CYP1A2 (gene name)
Systematic name: albendazole,[reduced NADPHhemoprotein reductase]:oxygen oxidoreductase (sulfoxide-forming)
Comments: This is one of the activities carried out by some microsomal cytochrome P-450 monooxygenases. A similar conversion is also carried out by a different microsomal enzyme (EC 22.214.171.124, albendazole monooxygenase (flavin-containing)), but it is estimated that cytochrome P-450s are responsible for 70% of the activity.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number:
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