Sesaminol triglucoside is a major lignin in sesame meal and has a methylenedioxyphenyl group and multiple functions in vivo. As a tetrahydrofurofuran type lignan, sesaminol triglucoside is metabolized to mammalian lignans. This investigation studies the effect of sesaminol triglucoside and its tetrahydrofuranoid metabolites (sesaminol, 2-episesaminol, hydroxymethyl sesaminol-tetrahydrofuran, enterolactone, and enterodiol) on gene expression in primary rat hepatocytes using a DNA microarray. Sesame lignans significantly affected the expression of xenobiotic-induced transcripts of cytochrome P450, solute carrier (SLC), and ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters. Changes in gene expression were generally greater in response to metabolites with methylenedioxyphenyl moieties (sesaminol triglucoside, sesaminol, and 2-episesaminol) than to the tetrahydrofuranoid metabolites (hydroxymethyl sesaminol-tetrahydrofuran, enterolactone, and enterodiol). Tetrahydrofuran lignans, such as sesaminol triglucoside, sesamin, hydroxymethyl sesaminol-tetrahydrofuran, and sesaminol changed the expression of ABC transporters.