Catalytic Activity and Isoform-Specific Inhibition of Rat Cytochrome P450 4F Enzymes

Fengyun Xu, J R Falck, Paul R. Ortiz De Montellano, Deanna L. Kroetz

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Arachidonic acid is ω-hydroxylated to 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), which has effects on vasoactivity and renal tubular transport and has been implicated in the regulation of blood pressure. Cytochrome P450 (P450) 4A isoforms are generally considered the major arachidonic acid ω-hydroxylases; however, little is known about the role of rat CYP4F isoforms in 20-HETE formation. The rat CYP4F isoforms, CYP4F1, CYP4F4, CYP4F5, and CYP4F6, were heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli, and their substrate specificity in fatty acid metabolism was characterized. Substrate-binding assays indicated that leukotriene B4 (LTB 4) and arachidonic acid bound CYP4F1 and CYP4F4 in a type-I manner with a Ks of 25 to 59 μM, and lauric acid bound CYP4F4 poorly. Reconstituted CYP4F1 and CYP4F4 catalyzed the ω-hydroxylation of LTB 4 with a Km of 24 and 31 μM, respectively, and CYP4F5 had minor activity in LTB4, metabolism. Importantly, CYP4F1 and CYP4F4 catalyzed the ω-hydroxylation of arachidonic acid with an apparent kcat of 9 and 11 min-1, respectively. Lauric acid was a poor substrate for all of the CYP4F isoforms, and CYP4F6 had no detectable fatty acid ω-hydroxylase activity. The P450 ω-hydroxylase inhibitors 17-octadecynoic acid, 10-undecynyl sulfate, and N-methylsulfonyl-12,12-dibromododec-11-enamide showed isoform-specific inhibition of CYP4F1- and CYP4F4-catalyzed ω-hydroxylation of arachidonic acid and potency differences between the CYP4A and CYP4F isoforms. These data support a significant role for CYP4F1 and CYP4F4 in the formation of 20-HETE and identify P450 inhibitors that can be used to understand the relative contribution of the CYP4A and CYP4F isoforms to renal 20-HETE formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-895
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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