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Uncommon P450-Catalyzed Reactions

[ Vol. 2 , Issue. 2 ]


F. Peter Guengerich   Pages 93 - 115 ( 23 )


Cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes play major roles in the metabolism of drugs, carcinogens, steroids, eicosanoids, alkaloids, pesticides, and other important xenobiotics, as well as chemicals normally endogenous to the body. P450s are gene-rally considered in a classical catalytic reduction-oxidation cycle and an odd-electron abstraction/rebound chemical mechanism that can be used to rationalize carbon hydro-xylation, dealkylation of heteroatomic substrates, heteroatom oxygenation, and the oxidation of unsaturated compounds to epoxides and phenols. However, many other reactions are catalyzed by P450s but not generally appreciated. The classical catalytic mechanism requires some expansion to explain all of these reactions. Reactions discussed here include mechanism-based heme inactivation, mechanism-based protein modification, 1,2-shifts, 1- and 2-electron reductions, 1-electron oxidation, oxidative cleavage of carboxylic acid esters, desaturation, deformylation of aldehydes, ring formation, ipso mechanisms for aryl dehalogenation and O- and N-dearylation, cis-trans bond isomerization, several rearrangements of oxidized eicosanoids, aldoxime dehydration, and hydrolysis of phosphatidylcholine.


P450-Catalyzed Reactions, Cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes, drugs carcinogens steroids eicosanoids alkaloids pesticides, electron reductions,, oxidation, C-Hydroxylation, Coupling, Eicosanoids, Phospholipase D Activity, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon


Department of Biochemistryand Center in Molecular Toxicology, Vanderbilt University School ofMedicine, 638 Medical Research Building I (Robinson Research Building),23rdand Pierce Avenues, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-0146 U.S.A.

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