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Subcellular localization of rat CYP2E1 impacts metabolic efficiency toward common substrates

Hartman, Jessica H., Martin, H. Cass, Caro, Andres A., Pearce, Amy R., Miller, Grover P.
Toxicology 2015 v.338 pp. 47-58
aniline, cytochrome P-450, endoplasmic reticulum, enzyme activity, liver, metabolism, mitochondria, models, molecular weight, oxidation, p-nitrophenol, pollutants, prediction, rats, styrene
Cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) detoxifies or bioactivates many low molecular-weight compounds. Most knowledge about CYP2E1 activity relies on studies of the enzyme localized to endoplasmic reticulum (erCYP2E1); however, CYP2E1 undergoes transport to mitochondria (mtCYP2E1) and becomes metabolically active. We report the first comparison of in vitro steady-state kinetic profiles for erCYP2E1 and mtCYP2E1 oxidation of probe substrate 4-nitrophenol and pollutants styrene and aniline using subcellular fractions from rat liver. For all substrates, metabolic efficiency changed with substrate concentration for erCYP2E1 reflected in non-hyperbolic kinetic profiles but not for mtCYP2E1. Hyperbolic kinetic profiles for the mitochondrial enzyme were consistent with Michaelis–Menten mechanism in which metabolic efficiency was constant. By contrast, erCYP2E1 metabolism of 4-nitrophenol led to a loss of enzyme efficiency at high substrate concentrations when substrate inhibited the reaction. Similarly, aniline metabolism by erCYP2E1 demonstrated negative cooperativity as metabolic efficiency decreased with increasing substrate concentration. The opposite was observed for erCYP2E1 oxidation of styrene; the sigmoidal kinetic profile indicated increased efficiency at higher substrate concentrations. These mechanisms and CYP2E1 levels in mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum were used to estimate the impact of CYP2E1 subcellular localization on metabolic flux of pollutants. Those models showed that erCYP2E1 mainly carries out aniline metabolism at all aniline concentrations. Conversely, mtCYP2E1 dominates styrene oxidation at low styrene concentrations and erCYP2E1 at higher concentrations. Taken together, subcellular localization of CYP2E1 results in distinctly different enzyme activities that could impact overall metabolic clearance and/or activation of substrates and thus impact the interpretation and prediction of toxicological outcomes.