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  • 6-Amino-6-(2-chlorophenyl)cyclohex-2-en-1-one
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Chemical and physical data
Molar mass221.68 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • C1CC(C(=O)C=C1)(C2=CC=CC=C2Cl)N
  • InChI=1S/C12H12ClNO/c13-10-6-2-1-5-9(10)12(14)8-4-3-7-11(12)15/h1-3,5-7H,4,8,14H2

Dehydronorketamine (DHNK), or 5,6-dehydronorketamine, is a minor metabolite of ketamine which is formed by dehydrogenation of its metabolite norketamine.[1][2] Though originally considered to be inactive,[1][2][3] DHNK has been found to act as a potent and selective negative allosteric modulator of the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (IC50 = 55 nM).[4][5] For this reason, similarly to hydroxynorketamine (HNK), it has been hypothesized that DHNK may have the capacity to produce rapid antidepressant effects.[6] However, unlike ketamine, norketamine, and HNK, DHNK has been found to be inactive in the forced swim test (FST) in mice at doses up to 50 mg/kg.[7] DHNK is inactive at the α3β4-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (IC50 > 100 μM) and is only very weakly active at the NMDA receptor (Ki = 38.95 μM for (S)-(+)-DHNK).[4] It can be detected 7–10 days after a modest dose of ketamine, and because of this, is useful in drug detection assays.[8]

See also


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  8. ^ Q. Alan Xu (1 April 2013). Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Its Applications. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-118-53398-7.