Fluorometric microassay to quantify microsomal epoxide hydrolase in 96-well plates.


The microfluorometric assay, suitable for measuring microsomal epoxide hydrolase activity in cultured cells, is based on the conversion of benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-epoxide to the corresponding trans-benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-dihydrodiol, a compound that fluoresces at 403 nm when excited at 365 nm. Activity is determined by incubating S9 fractions obtained from microcultures with this epoxide and monitoring the fluorescence with a microplate reader. Under the assay conditions selected, the photodecomposition of the reaction product was minimized and the linearity of the reaction was extended. The major advantages of this method are: (1) high sensitivity with a detection limit of 5 pmol/well of trans-benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-dihydrodiol formed, which is comparable to the most sensitive radioactive methods; (2) minimal sample requirement (1-5 micrograms liver microsomes; 10-50 micrograms S9 fraction from cultured cells); (3) reduced consumption of hazardous reagents; and (4) a considerable reduction in assay time and facility for simultaneous determination of enzyme activity in multiple samples.

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@article{Herrero1995FluorometricMT, title={Fluorometric microassay to quantify microsomal epoxide hydrolase in 96-well plates.}, author={M{\'o}nica Herrero and Jos{\'e} Vicente Castell}, journal={Analytical biochemistry}, year={1995}, volume={230 1}, pages={154-8} }