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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1994 Dec 15;1201(3):405-10.

Molecular cloning and functional expression of a mouse cytochrome P-450 (Cyp3a-13): examination of Cyp3a-13 enzyme to activate aflatoxin B1 (AFB1).

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Division of Drug Metabolism, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan.


A cDNA encoding a novel member of the cytochrome P-450 superfamily, Cyp3a-13, has been isolated from mouse liver cDNA library by hybridization screening. The Cyp3a-13 encoded 503 amino acid residues and shared 71% amino acid identity with Cyp3a-11. When Cyp3a-13 cDNA was expressed in CR119 cells which had been established as a cell line stably expressing NADPH-cytochrome P-450 reductase cDNA of guinea pigs, aflatoxin B1-dependent cytotoxicity was observed. This cytotoxicity was enhanced by alpha-naphthoflavone (7,8-benzoflavone), which is known to augment the CYP3A enzymatic activity. The results indicate that CYP3A in mice, which are relatively insensitive to aflatoxin B1, can activate aflatoxin B1 to a genotoxic product.

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