The inactivation of five dithionite reduced soluble cytochrome P-450 isoforms has been studied. The inactivation of microsomal rabbit liver isoform LM2 and bacterial linalool cytochrome P-450 is followed by its conversion into cytochrome P-420. Microsomal rabbit liver isoform LM4, bacterial camphor and p-cymene cytochromes P-450 were not inactivated under these conditions. The inactivation of linalool cytochrome P-450 and LM2 isoform is a first order reaction; the rate constants for linalool cytochrome P-450 and LM2 are 0.3 and 0.1 min-1, respectively. In the case of linalool cytochrome P-450 its carboxycomplex (Fe2+-CO) is inactivated, while in the case of LM2 the inactivation affects its oxycomplex (Fe2+-O2). The amino acid residues of linalool cytochrome P-450 are probably modified due to a direct electron transfer in its carboxycomplex. The amino acid residues of LM2 isoform are modified, presumably due to oxidation by oxygen active species which are released during the oxycomplex decay.