Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Toxicology & pharmacology : CBP

Lack of constitutive and inducible ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activity in the liver of suckermouth armored catfish (Hypostomus affinis and Hypostomus auroguttatus, Loricariidae).

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We investigated the presence and inducibility of CYP1A in suckermouth catfish (Hypostomus affinis and Hypostomus auroguttatus, Loricariidae), tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus, Cichlidae) and mice (Mus musculus, Muridae). Alkoxyresorufin-O-dealkylases (EROD, MROD, PROD and BROD) were detected and proved to be inducible (beta-naphthoflavone, BNF or dimethylbenz[a]anthracene, DMBA, 50 mg/kg bw ip) in liver microsomes from tilapia and mice. In loricariids, alkoxyresorufin-O-dealkylases were either undetectable (MROD/EROD) or very low (PROD/BROD), and so they remained after treatment with BNF or DMBA. Ethoxycoumarin-O-deethylase (ECOD) was recorded in all species and proved not to be inducible by BNF or DMBA. In loricariids and tilapia, ECOD was not depressed by a concentration of alpha-naphthoflavone (CYP1A-inhibitor) that markedly depressed EROD in tilapia. A CYP1A-like protein was detected by a monoclonal antibody in rats, mice and tilapia, but not in loricariids. A polyclonal antibody, however, detected a CYP1A-like protein in liver microsomes of loricariids. Suckermouth catfish, rats, mice and tilapia express a protein reactive with a polyclonal antibody against trout CYP3A. Loricariids and tilapia exhibited marked genotoxic responses (enhanced incidence of micronucleated erythrocytes) following treatment DMBA (50 mg/kg bw ip), a promutagen activated by CYP1A/1B. Therefore, although not exhibiting EROD, a CYP1A-mediated activity, loricariids converted DMBA into its genotoxic metabolites. Our findings suggest that the CYP1A-like protein of locariid catfish recognizes DMBA, but not ethoxyresorufin, as a substrate.

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Resorufin ethyl ether
Resorufin ethyl ether, suitable for fluorescence, ≥95% (UV)