Cytosolic activation of hematin-dependent microsomal monooxygenase activity in the lung.

Additions of micromolar concentrations of hematin to washed rat pulmonary microsomal preparations resulted in marked (5-7-fold) increases in the NADPH-dependent generation of phenolic metabolites of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). 9-Hydroxy-BaP was identified as the major reaction product. Additions of pulmonary cytosolic fractions to microsomes produced no… (More)