Human liver microsomal enflurane defluorination catalyzed by cytochrome P-450 2E1.

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The volatile anesthetic agent enflurane undergoes oxidative metabolism in human liver, yielding both inorganic and organic fluoride metabolites. Numerous studies conducted in animals indicate that the enzyme cytochrome P-450 2E1 is a major catalyst for the defluorination reaction. However, the P-450 enzyme catalyzing enflurane metabolism in humans has not been identified. Therefore, experiments were conducted to determine whether hepatic P-450 2E1 is a catalyst for the reaction in humans, and whether other constitutive or inducible isoforms might also be involved. Purified human liver P-450 2E1, reconstituted with cytochrome b5 and P-450 reductase, catalyzed enflurane defluorination at a rate of 9.3 nmol F-/nmol P-450/30 min, in contrast to a mean liver microsomal rate of 2.0 nmol F-/nmol P-450/30 min. The microsomal rate of defluorination for individual human livers correlated significantly with the microsomal content of P-450 2E1 protein (r = 0.92), the rate of p-nitrophenol hydroxylation (r = 0.86), and the rate of chlorzoxazone 6-hydroxylation (r = 0.90). In addition, specific anti-P-450 2E1 IgG, at a concentration of 10 mg IgG/nmol P-450 inhibited the microsomal reaction by 80%. Finally, a series of P-450 isoform-specific chemical inhibitors of oxidative metabolism--furafylline (1A2), sulfaphenazole (2C9/10), quinidine (2D6), troleandomycin (3A3/4), and diethyldithiocarbamate (2E1)--were screened for their ability to block human microsomal enflurane defluorination. Only diethyldithiocarbamate, a mechanism-based inhibitor of P-450 2E1, inhibited the reaction; this occurred to a degree comparable to the effect of anti-P-450 2E1 antibody.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Cited Authors

  • Thummel, KE; Kharasch, ED; Podoll, T; Kunze, K

Published Date

  • 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 350 - 357

PubMed ID

  • 8097708

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-9556


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States