Elena Korik

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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Publications (4)19.76 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We define previously unrecognized in vivo pathways of vitamin D(3) (D3) metabolism generating novel D3-hydroxyderivatives different from 25-hydroxyvitamin D(3) [25(OH)D3] and 1,25(OH)(2)D3. Their novel products include 20-hydroxyvitamin D(3) [20(OH)D3], 22(OH)D3, 20,23(OH)(2)D3, 20,22(OH)(2)D3, 1,20(OH)(2)D3, 1,20,23(OH)(3)D3, and 17,20,23(OH)(3)D3 and were produced by placenta, adrenal glands, and epidermal keratinocytes. We detected the predominant metabolite [20(OH)D3] in human serum with a relative concentration ∼20 times lower than 25(OH)D3. Use of inhibitors and studies performed with isolated mitochondria and purified enzymes demonstrated involvement of the steroidogenic enzyme cytochrome P450scc (CYP11A1) as well as CYP27B1 (1α-hydroxylase). In placenta and adrenal glands with high CYP11A1 expression, the predominant pathway was D3 → 20(OH)D3 → 20,23(OH)(2)D3 → 17,20,23(OH)(3)D3 with further 1α-hydroxylation, and minor pathways were D3 → 25(OH)D3 → 1,25(OH)(2)D3 and D3 → 22(OH)D3 → 20,22(OH)(2)D3. In epidermal keratinocytes, we observed higher proportions of 22(OH)D3 and 20,22(OH)(2)D3. We also detected endogenous production of 20(OH)D3, 22(OH) D3, 20,23(OH)(2)D3, 20,22(OH)(2)D3, and 17,20,23(OH)(3)D3 by immortalized human keratinocytes. Thus, we provide in vivo evidence for novel pathways of D3 metabolism initiated by CYP11A1, with the product profile showing organ/cell type specificity and being modified by CYP27B1 activity. These findings define the pathway intermediates as natural products/endogenous bioregulators and break the current dogma that vitamin D is solely activated through the sequence D3 → 25(OH)D3 → 1,25(OH)(2)D3.
    The FASEB Journal 06/2012; 26(9):3901-15. · 5.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study we provide direct evidence for the involvement of rat microsomal cytochrome P450s in melatonin O-demethylation and hydroxylation at two different positions: 2 and 6, as well as generation of N(1)-acetyl-N(2)-formyl-5-methoxy-kynuramine (AFMK) and two unknown products. Moreover, we found that mitochondrial cytochrome P450s also converts melatonin into AFMK, N-acetylserotonin, 2-hydroxymelatonin, 6-hydroxymelatonin and the same two unknown products. Eadie-Hofstee plots for 6-hydroxylation and O-demethylation reactions were curvilinear for all tested fractions, suggestive of involvement of at least two components, one with a high affinity and low capacity, and another with a low affinity and high capacity. Mitochondrial cytochrome P450s exhibited higher affinity (suggesting lower K(m) value) and higher V(max) for melatonin 6-hydroxylation and O-demethylation for both high-affinity and low-affinity components as compared with microsomal enzymes. The intrinsic clearance for melatonin hydroxylation by high- and low-affinity components displayed the highest values in all tested fractions, indicating that both mitochondrial and microsomal cytochrome P450s metabolize melatonin principally by 6-hydroxylation, with O-demethylation representing a minor metabolic pathway.
    Journal of Pineal Research 09/2008; 45(4):515-23. · 7.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The indoleamine melatonin is ubiquitously distributed, and because of its small size and amphiphilic nature, it is able to reach easily all cellular compartments. The highest intracellular melatonin concentrations are found in the mitochondria, suggestive of local metabolism and/or direct participation in organelle function. In mitochondria cytochrome c (cyt c) could represent a melatonin target since it has the capability to oxidize organic molecules in the presence of H2O2, and mitochondria are the main site of H2O2 production in nonphagocytic cells. Therefore, we investigated oxidation of melatonin by cyt c/H2O2 couple as a potential pathway for its metabolism in the mitochondria. We found melatonin conversion into N(1)-acetyl-N(2)-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine via sequential steps that generate the intermediates 2-hydroxymelatonin and 2,3-dihydroxymelatonin. We experimentally excluded mediation by a Fenton/Haber-Weiss-type reaction and documented the dependence on oxoferryl heme for melatonin oxidation. Given the high mitochondrial concentrations of both melatonin and cyt c as well as the continuous generation of H2O2 during respiration, it is entirely possible that mitochondrial cyt c-mediated oxidation of melatonin may be a plausible pathway of its biotransformation in vivo.
    Biochemistry 08/2005; 44(26):9300-7. · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have recently uncovered the full expression of novel cutaneous serotoninergic and melatoninergic systems in the human and hamster skin. In this work, we have characterized serotonin metabolism in the rat skin using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and found that serotonin undergoes acetylation in the presence of acetyl coenzyme A. Inhibition of serotonin acetylation with Cole bisubstrate inhibitor shows that rat skin expresses both arylalkylamine and arylamine N-acetyltransferase activities. The serotonin degradation product-5-hydroxyindole acetic acid is also detected and pargyline (monoaminooxidase inhibitor) suppresses almost completely 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid accumulation. Together with previous data, the present study clearly demonstrates that biotransformation of serotonin in mammalian skin follows two alternate pathways. In the first pathway, serotonin is acetylated by arylalkylamine and arylamine N-acetyltransferases to generate the precursor of melatonin. Alternately, serotonin may undergo oxidative deamination by monoaminooxidase followed by enzymatic degradation by aldehyde dehydrogenase into 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid, which is presumably devoid of biological activity. Thus, the current methodological development of a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based assay allows rapid resolution of the cutaneous metabolism of serotonin.
    Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 02/2004; 421(1):61-6. · 3.37 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

86 Citations
19.76 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2008
    • University of Tennessee
      • The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
      Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 2004–2008
    • Belarus State Economic University
      Myenyesk, Minsk, Belarus