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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1995 Jan 17;206(2):601-7.

Rabbit P450 2E1 expressed in CHO-K1 cells has a short half-life.

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Department of Pharmacology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97206.


Rabbit P450 2E1 was stably expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells after cotransfection with pRC/CMV-2E1 and pFR400 which expresses murine dihydrofolate reductase with a single arginine to leucine substitution at position 22. This mutation permits amplification of expression with increasing methotrexate concentrations in CHO-K1 cells that are not dihydrofolate reductase deficient. After amplification with 1 microM methotrexate, a representative clone expressed about 15 pmol of P450 2E1/mg microsomal protein. Cells from a single 35-mm plate catalyzed the formation of 1.02 nmol 6-hydroxychlorzoxazone/10(6) cells/h or about 127 pmol/mg total cell protein/min. The enzyme was rapidly labeled when pulsed with [35S]-methionine. Initial pulse-chase experiments indicate that the expressed protein has a half-life of 4.8 h.

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