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Biochem Pharmacol. 1993 Aug 17;46(4):629-35.

The effects of inducing agents on cytochrome P450 and UDP-glucuronyltransferase activities in human HEPG2 hepatoma cells.

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Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen, U.K.


Selective induction in vitro of cytochrome P450-dependent mixed-function oxidase (MFO) and UDP-glucuronyltransferase (GT) activities was observed in the human HepG2 hepatoma cell line. 1,2-Benzanthracene (BA) induced MFO O-dealkylation activities for ethoxyresorufin, methoxyresorufin and benzyloxyresorufin, whereas phenobarbitone (PB) selectively induced pentoxyresorufin O-dealkylation and rifampicin (RIF) selectively induced benzyloxyresorufin O-dealkylation. Antibody inhibition experiments indicated that ethoxyresorufin and methoxyresorufin O-dealkylations were catalysed mainly by the P450 1A subfamily in untreated and BA-induced HepG2 cells, that additional unidentified P450 forms were considerably involved in methoxyresorufin and benzyloxyresorufin O-dealkylations and that the P450 2B subfamily was partially responsible for pentoxyresorufin O-dealkylation in PB-induced cells. Bilirubin GT activity was induced by PB, BA, RIF and dexamethasone, but 1-naphthol, morphine and testosterone GT activities were not induced by any of these treatments.

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