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Type: Journal article
Title: Development of a method to determine cytochrome P450 1A2, 2C9, 2D6 and 3A4 activity sheep hepatic microsomes
Author: McBride, G.M.
Soo, J.Y.
Varcoe, T.
Morrison, J.L.
Wiese, M.D.
Citation: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, 2020; 106:106934-1-106934-8
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 1056-8719
1873-488X
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Grace M. McBride, Jia Yin Soo, Tamara Varco, Janna L. Morrison, Michael D. Wiese ... et al.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION:Ex vivo studies of human fetal hepatic drug metabolism are uncommon as it requires access to functional liver tissue and therefore raises practical and ethical concerns. Large animal models provide an alternative opportunity to study changes in cytochrome P450 (CYP) activity in the mother and fetus during pregnancy. We aimed to develop methods to determine the activity of CYP1A2, CYP2C9, CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 in sheep hepatic microsomes. METHODS:We identified optimal conditions to determine the activity of CYP1A2 (using the probe drug phenacetin), CYP2C9 (diclofenac), CYP2D6 (dextromethorphan) and CYP3A4 (midazolam) by varying techniques for microsome extraction, probe drug concentration, incubation time and microsome concentration. The specificity of each probe drug was assessed by determining the rate of metabolism when specific CYP enzyme inhibitors were included in the reaction. RESULTS:The optimum incubation time and probe drug concentration was six hours with 5 μM phenacetin (CYP1A2), four hours with 10 μM diclofenac (CYP2C9), 30 min with 1 μM of midazolam (CYP3A4) and 10 min with 1 μM dextromethorphan (CYP2D6). For both CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 reactions required 20 μg of microsomal protein, whereas for CYP1A2 and CYP2C9, reactions required 40 μg of microsomal protein. Metabolism of phenacetin, dextromethorphan and midazolam was reduced by specific enzyme inhibitors, but the specific CYP2C9 inhibitor sulfaphenazole did not substantially inhibit diclofenac metabolism. DISCUSSION:This study identifies the optimal conditions for determining CYP activity in maternal sheep hepatic microsomes. In doing so, we have developed a standardised protocol for assessment of microsomal activity of CYP3A4, CYP1A2 and CYP2D6, but we were unable to optimise conditions for assessment of CYP2C9. This approach can be applied to investigate the impact of pregnancy complications on maternal and fetal hepatic drug metabolism.
Keywords: CYP1A2
CYP2C9
CYP2D6
CYP3A4
Cytochrome P450
Drug metabolism
Fetal
Microsomes
Sheep
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.vascn.2020.106934
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT170100431
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