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Creation Date2012-09-06 15:16:51 UTC
Update Date2016-02-11 01:31:54 UTC
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NameVigabatrin
DescriptionVigabatrin is only found in individuals that have used or taken this drug. It is an analogue of gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is an irreversible inhibitor of 4-aminobutyrate transaminase, the enzyme responsible for the catabolism of gamma-aminobutyric acid. (From Martindale The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 31st ed)It is believed that vigabatrin increases brain concentrations of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the CNS, by irreversibly inhibiting enzymes that catabolize GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid transaminase GABA-T) or block the reuptake of GABA into glia and nerve endings. Vigabatrin may also work by suppressing repetitive neuronal firing through inhibition of voltage-sensitive sodium channels.
4-amino-5-Hexenoic acidChEBI
gamma-Vinyl gabaChEBI
gamma-Vinyl-gamma-aminobutyric acidChEBI
g-Vinyl gabaGenerator
γ-vinyl gabaGenerator
g-Vinyl-g-aminobutyric acidGenerator
γ-vinyl-γ-aminobutyric acidGenerator
Chemical FormulaC6H11NO2
Average Molecular Weight129.157
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight129.078978601
IUPAC Name4-aminohex-5-enoic acid
Traditional Namevigabatrin
CAS Registry Number60643-86-9
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as gamma amino acids and derivatives. These are amino acids having a (-NH2) group attached to the gamma carbon atom.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic acids and derivatives
ClassCarboxylic acids and derivatives
Sub ClassAmino acids, peptides, and analogues
Direct ParentGamma amino acids and derivatives
Alternative Parents
  • Gamma amino acid or derivatives
  • Medium-chain fatty acid
  • Amino fatty acid
  • Fatty acyl
  • Fatty acid
  • Unsaturated fatty acid
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Primary amine
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Primary aliphatic amine
  • Carbonyl group
  • Amine
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External DescriptorsNot Available
StatusExpected but not Quantified
  • Drug
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • GABA Agents
  • Pharmaceutical
Cellular locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility9.66e+01 g/LNot Available
LogP0.1Not Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility96.6 mg/mLALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)4.61ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)9.91ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count3ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count2ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area63.32 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count4ChemAxon
Refractivity34.29 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability13.64 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, PositiveNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, PositiveNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, PositiveNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, NegativeNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, NegativeNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, NegativeNot Available
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Urine
Tissue LocationNot Available
PathwaysNot Available
Normal Concentrations
BloodExpected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableNot AvailableNot AvailableTaking drug identified by DrugBank entry DB01080
  • Not Applicable
UrineExpected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableNot AvailableNot AvailableTaking drug identified by DrugBank entry DB01080
  • Not Applicable
Abnormal Concentrations
Not Available
Predicted Concentrations
BiofluidValueOriginal ageOriginal sexOriginal conditionComments
Blood0-8 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormalPredicted based on drug qualities
Blood0-4 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormalPredicted based on drug qualities
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDDB01080
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID5463
KEGG Compound IDC07500
BioCyc IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkVigabatrin
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB15212
Metagene LinkHMDB15212
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound5665
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID63638
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
  1. Lindberger M, Luhr O, Johannessen SI, Larsson S, Tomson T: Serum concentrations and effects of gabapentin and vigabatrin: observations from a dose titration study. Ther Drug Monit. 2003 Aug;25(4):457-62. [12883229 ]
  2. Gram L, Larsson OM, Johnsen A, Schousboe A: Experimental studies of the influence of vigabatrin on the GABA system. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1989;27 Suppl 1:13S-17S. [2757904 ]
  3. Browne TR: Pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs. Neurology. 1998 Nov;51(5 Suppl 4):S2-7. [9818917 ]
  4. Zwanzger P, Baghai TC, Schuele C, Strohle A, Padberg F, Kathmann N, Schwarz M, Moller HJ, Rupprecht R: Vigabatrin decreases cholecystokinin-tetrapeptide (CCK-4) induced panic in healthy volunteers. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2001 Nov;25(5):699-703. [11682253 ]
  5. Hawker DD, Silverman RB: Synthesis and evaluation of novel heteroaromatic substrates of GABA aminotransferase. Bioorg Med Chem. 2012 Oct 1;20(19):5763-73. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2012.08.009. Epub 2012 Aug 16. [22944334 ]
  6. Tulloch JK, Carr RR, Ensom MH: A systematic review of the pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs in neonates with refractory seizures. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Jan;17(1):31-44. doi: 10.5863/1551-6776-17.1.31. [23118657 ]
  7. Clayton LM, Stern WM, Newman WD, Sander JW, Acheson J, Sisodiya SM: Evolution of visual field loss over ten years in individuals taking vigabatrin. Epilepsy Res. 2013 Aug;105(3):262-71. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2013.02.014. Epub 2013 Mar 28. [23541931 ]


General function:
Involved in 4-aminobutyrate transaminase activity
Specific function:
Catalyzes the conversion of gamma-aminobutyrate and L-beta-aminoisobutyrate to succinate semialdehyde and methylmalonate semialdehyde, respectively. Can also convert delta-aminovalerate and beta-alanine.
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  1. Weber OM, Verhagen A, Duc CO, Meier D, Leenders KL, Boesiger P: Effects of vigabatrin intake on brain GABA activity as monitored by spectrally edited magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography. Magn Reson Imaging. 1999 Apr;17(3):417-25. [10195585 ]
  2. Valdizan EM, Garcia AP, Armijo JA: Effects of increasing doses of vigabatrin on platelet gamma-aminobutyric acid-transaminase and brain gamma-aminobutyric acid in rats. Eur J Pharmacol. 1999 Mar 19;369(2):169-73. [10206175 ]
  3. Arndt CF, Derambure P, Defoort-Dhellemmes S, Hache JC: Outer retinal dysfunction in patients treated with vigabatrin. Neurology. 1999 Apr 12;52(6):1201-5. [10214744 ]
  4. Molina PE, Ahmed N, Ajmal M, Dewey S, Volkow N, Fowler J, Abumrad N: Co-administration of gamma-vinyl GABA and cocaine: preclinical assessment of safety. Life Sci. 1999;65(11):1175-82. [10503933 ]
  5. French JA: Vigabatrin. Epilepsia. 1999;40 Suppl 5:S11-6. [10530689 ]
  6. Chen X, Ji ZL, Chen YZ: TTD: Therapeutic Target Database. Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 Jan 1;30(1):412-5. [11752352 ]
General function:
Involved in G-protein coupled receptor activity
Specific function:
Isoform 1E function may be to regulate the availability of functional GABA-B-R1A/GABA-B-R2 heterodimers by competing for GABA-B-R2 dimerization. This could explain the observation that certain small molecule ligands exhibit differential affinity for central versus peripheral sites
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  1. Tyacke RJ, Lingford-Hughes A, Reed LJ, Nutt DJ: GABAB receptors in addiction and its treatment. Adv Pharmacol. 2010;58:373-96. [20655489 ]