U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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Published in CHIRALITY (2010) 22:183–192. DOI: 10.1002/chir.20725


Triadimefon is a systemic agricultural fungicide of the triazole class whose major metabolite, triadimenol, also a commercial fungicide, provides the majority of the actual fungicidal activity, i.e., inhibition of steroid demethylation. Both chemicals are chiral: triadimefon has one chiral center with two enantiomers while its enzymatic reduction to triadimenol produces a second chiral center and two diastereomers with two enantiomers each. All six stereoisomers of the two fungicides were separated from each other using a chiral BGB-172 column on a GC-MS system so as to follow stereospecificity in metabolism by rainbow trout hepatic microsomes. In these microsomes the S-(+) enantiomer of triadimefon was transformed to triadimenol 27% faster than the R-(-) enantiomer, forming the four triadimenol stereoisomers at rates different from each other. The most fungi-toxic stereoisomer (1S,2R) was produced at the slowest rate; it was detectable after 8 h, but below the level of method quantitation. The triadimenol stereoisomer ratio pattern produced by the trout microsomes was very different from that of the commercial triadimenol standard, in which the most rat-toxic pair of enantiomers (known as ‘‘Diastereomer A’’) is about 85% of the total stereoisomer composition. The trout microsomes produced only about 4% of ‘‘Diastereomer A’’. Complementary metabolomic studies with NMR showed that exposure of the separate triadimefon enantiomers and the racemate to rainbow trout for 48 h resulted in different metabolic profiles in the trout liver extracts, i.e., different endogenous metabolite patterns that indicated differences in effects of the two enantiomers.