Role of P450IIE1 in the metabolism of 3-hydroxypyridine, a constituent of tobacco smoke: redox cycling and DNA strand scission by the metabolite 2,5-dihydroxypyridine.


The metabolism of 3-hydroxypyridine, a significant constituent of tobacco smoke, to 2,5-dihydroxypyridine has been characterized in hepatic microsomes and in the reconstituted enzyme system using purified forms of P450. The redox cycling activity of the metabolite and its ability to damage DNA in vitro have been examined. Pyridine-induced microsomes, which… (More)


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