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Enzymatic methylation of microsomal metabolites of benzo(a)pyrene.

These studies suggest that the microsomal metabolism of benzo(a)pyrene (BP) produces metabolites which can be methylated by the catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT)/S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzyme/donor combination. Induced microsomes converted 12 to 15% of substrate BP to polar products. Approximately 0.06% of substrate BP was recovered as COMT/SAM-reactive substances. In tests for specificity, COMT/SAM was found to react with catechols, but not with dihydrodiols, quinones, a phenol, an epoxide, or 1,4-hydroquinone. Organic extracts of COMT/[14C]SAM incubations with BP were fractionated by high-performance liquid chromatography. The appearance of radiolabeled chromatographic bands required the presence of substrate BP, microsomes, and COMT/[14C]SAM. When the Ames mutagenesis assay was supplemented with COMT/SAM, a 36% reduction was observed in the number of revertant colonies induced by the microsomal oxidation of BP. In contrast, the mutagenic properties of 2-aminofluorene were not affected by COMT/SAM. These observations indicate that COMT/SAM does not generally inhibit mixed-function oxidase activity but rather reacts with substances which are activated by ring oxygenations.[1]


  1. Enzymatic methylation of microsomal metabolites of benzo(a)pyrene. Lombardi, P.E., Mayhew, J.W., Goldin, B.R., Gregory, M.E., Lynch, M.A., Sullivan, C.E., Gorbach, S.L. Cancer Res. (1981) [Pubmed]
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