Inhibitor specificity of the placental microsomal oxidase system responsible for the aromatization of epitestosterone (17 alpha-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one).


Human placental microsomes converted epitestosterone to estradiol-17 alpha at rates of 23-48 pmol/min X mg protein with a Km of 113 microM. Activity was inhibited 70-90% by concentrations of CO, metyrapone, n-octylamine, 7,8-benzoflavone and 7-ethoxycoumarin which had no effect on the aromatization of 4-androstene-3, 17-dione. Conversely, cyanide and azide… (More)