The UVA and UVB light-induced behaviour of 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) and morphine, the main metabolites of heroin, was studied in methanol, aqueous solution and in the dry state. UVA and UVB irradiations were performed for different times (radiant energies of 20-300 J/cm(2)). UV spectra of irradiated samples were compared with samples kept in the dark. To estimate the extent of photolysis, positive ion electrospray ionization experiments were performed on the irradiated samples by LC-HRMS. Tentative identification of photoproducts was performed on the basis of their elemental formula as calculated by HRMS results. Morphine and 6-MAM demonstrated to be quite stable under UVA light but very sensitive to UVB irradiation. In methanol solutions they undergo a similar pattern, both reaching 90% photodegradation after 100 J/cm(2) of UVB, with a slightly faster kinetic for morphine at lower doses. In water, the yields of photodegradation are nearly one third lower than in methanol. In the solid state, the yield of photodegradation is lower than in solution. The structures of some UVB-induced degradation products are proposed. Photoaddition of the solvent and photooxidation seem the main pathways of phototransformation of these molecules. Moreover, both compounds revealed to generate singlet oxygen under UVB exposure.

Photostability of 6-MAM and morphine exposed to controlled UV irradiation in water and methanol solution: HRMS for the characterization of transformation products and comparison with the dry state

MIOLO, GIORGIA;TUCCI, MARIANNA;FAVRETTO, DONATA
2016

Abstract

The UVA and UVB light-induced behaviour of 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) and morphine, the main metabolites of heroin, was studied in methanol, aqueous solution and in the dry state. UVA and UVB irradiations were performed for different times (radiant energies of 20-300 J/cm(2)). UV spectra of irradiated samples were compared with samples kept in the dark. To estimate the extent of photolysis, positive ion electrospray ionization experiments were performed on the irradiated samples by LC-HRMS. Tentative identification of photoproducts was performed on the basis of their elemental formula as calculated by HRMS results. Morphine and 6-MAM demonstrated to be quite stable under UVA light but very sensitive to UVB irradiation. In methanol solutions they undergo a similar pattern, both reaching 90% photodegradation after 100 J/cm(2) of UVB, with a slightly faster kinetic for morphine at lower doses. In water, the yields of photodegradation are nearly one third lower than in methanol. In the solid state, the yield of photodegradation is lower than in solution. The structures of some UVB-induced degradation products are proposed. Photoaddition of the solvent and photooxidation seem the main pathways of phototransformation of these molecules. Moreover, both compounds revealed to generate singlet oxygen under UVB exposure.
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