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A Comparison of the In Vitro Inhibitory Effects of Thelephoric Acid and SKF-525A on Human Cytochrome P450 Activity

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      Thelephoric acid is an antioxidant produced by the hydrolysis of polyozellin, which is isolated from Polyozellus multiplex. In the present study, the inhibitory effects of polyozellin and thelephoric acid on 9 cytochrome P450 (CYP) family members (CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2B6, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP2E1, and CYP3A4) were examined in pooled human liver microsomes (HLMs) using a cocktail probe assay. Polyozellin exhibited weak inhibitory effects on the activities of all 9 CYPs examined, whereas thelephoric acid exhibited dose- and time-dependent inhibition of all 9 CYP isoforms (IC 50 values, 3.2–33.7 μM). Dixon plots of CYP inhibition indicated that thelephoric acid was a competitive inhibitor of CYP1A2 and CYP3A4. In contrast, thelephoric acid was a noncompetitive inhibitor of CYP2D6. Our findings indicate that thelephoric acid may be a novel, non-specific CYP inhibitor, suggesting that it could replace SKF-525A in inhibitory studies designed to investigate the effects of CYP enzymes on the metabolism of given compounds.

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            [1 ]College of Pharmacy, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Republic of Korea
            [2 ]College of Pharmacy, Yeungnam University, Gyeungsan 712-749, Republic of Korea
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            [* ]Corresponding Author: E-mail: sangkyu@ , Tel: +82-53-950-8571, Fax: +82-53-950-8557
            Biomol Ther (Seoul)
            Biomol Ther (Seoul)
            Biomol Ther (Seoul)
            Biomolecules & Therapeutics
            The Korean Society of Applied Pharmacology
            March 2014
            : 22
            : 2
            : 155-160
            Copyright © 2014 The Korean Society of Applied Pharmacology

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