Fluidity of the microsomal membrane and cytochrome P450 reduction kinetics of pig liver microsomes as a consequence of organic solvent impact

Biophysical Department, University of Bremen, Germany.
Xenobiotica (Impact Factor: 2.2). 02/1993; 23(1):71-8. DOI: 10.3109/00498259309059363
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1. The effect of the aromatic solvents toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene on microsomal membrane fluidity and anaerobic NADPH-reduction kinetics were studied. 2. The relation of membrane fluidity to the kinetics of cytochrome P450 reduction by NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase was examined with regard to a membrane-mediated molecular organization of the multienzyme components of the monooxygenase system. 3. Membrane fluidity changes were detected with the steady-state pyrene excimer formation method and with fluorescence lifetime measurements after incubation of the microsomes with organic solvents. 4. Increase in membrane fluidity in presence of organic solvents leads to a small but significant decrease of the rate constant of the cytochrome P450 reduction kinetics and a change in the relative amplitudes of the components of the biphasic response. 5. The results support the idea of a molecular organization of cytochrome P450 in clusters. Fluidization of the microsomal membrane by organic solvents increase the cytochrome P450 cluster formation.

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