Journal of Metabolomics

Journal of Metabolomics

ISSN 2059-0008
Original Research

Bioactive lipid profiling reveals drug target engagement of a soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor in a murine model of tobacco smoke exposure

Malin L. Nording1,2, Jun Yang2, Laura Hoang3, Vanessa Zamora3, Dale Uyeminami3, Imelda Espiritu3, Kent E. Pinkerton3, Bruce D. Hammock2* and Ayala Luria2,4

*Correspondence: Bruce D. Hammock

2. Department of Entomology and Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California–Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616, USA.

Author Affiliations

1. Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden.

3. Center for Health and the Environment, University of California–Davis, Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616, USA.

4. Medical Service, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System, PAVIR and Division of Immunology/Rheumatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA.


The inflammatory process underlying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be caused by tobacco smoke (TS) exposure. Previous studies show that epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) possess promising anti-inflammatory properties, therefore stabilization of EETs and other fatty acid epoxides through inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) was investigated in mouse models of acute and subchronic inflammation caused by TS exposure. During the entire TS exposure, the potent sEH inhibitor 1-(1-methylsulfonyl-piperidin-4-yl)-3-(4-trifluoromethoxy-phenyl)-urea (TUPS) was given via drinking water. To assess drug target engagement of TUPS, a tandem mass spectrometry method was used for bioactive lipid profiling of a broad range of fatty acid metabolites, including EETs, and their corresponding diols (DHETs) derived from arachidonic acid, as well as epoxides and diols derived from other fatty acids. Several, but not all, plasma epoxide/diol ratios increased in mice treated with sEH inhibitor, compared to non-treated mice, suggesting a wider role for sEH involving more fatty acid precursors besides arachidonic acid. This study supports qualitative use of epoxide/diol ratios explored by bioactive lipid profiling to indicate drug target engagement in mouse models of TS exposure relevant to COPD, which may have ramifications for future therapeutic interventions of sEH.

Keywords: Arachidonic acid, epoxy eicosatrienoic acid, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, soluble epoxide hydrolase, fatty acid metabolites, pulmonary inflammatory disease, tobacco smoke exposure

ISSN 2059-0008
Volume 1
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