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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Properties of cytosolic epoxide hydrolase purified from the liver of untreated and clofibrate-treated mice. Purification procedure and physiochemical characterization of the pure enzymes.

Cytosolic epoxide hydrolase was purified from the liver of untreated and clofibrate-treated male C57Bl/6 mice. The purification procedure involves chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, phenyl-Sepharose and hydroxyapatite, takes two days to perform and results in a 120-fold purification and approximately 35% yield of the enzyme from untreated mice. The purified enzyme is a dimer with a molecular mass of 120 kDa, a Stokes' radius of 4.2 nm, a frictional ratio of 1.0 and an isoelectric point of 5. 5. The subunits behave identically upon isoelectric focusing in 8 M urea and only one band with a molecular mass of 60 kDa is seen after sodium dodecyl sulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The form purified from clofibrate-treated mice had very similar properties and was apparently identical to the control form as judged by amino acid analysis and peptide mapping as well. These analyses also demonstrated that the cytosolic enzyme is clearly different from microsomal epoxide hydrolase isolated from rat liver. Furthermore, Ouchterlony immunodiffusion using antibodies raised in rabbits towards the control form of cytosolic epoxide hydrolase revealed identity between the two forms of cytosolic epoxide hydrolase, but no reaction with the microsomal epoxide hydrolase was observed. These findings indicate large structural differences between the cytosolic and microsomal forms of epoxide hydrolase in the liver.[1]


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