Tissue distribution and characterization of feline cytochrome P450 genes related to polychlorinated biphenyl exposure


Cats have been known to be extremely sensitive to chemical exposures. To understand these model species’ sensitivity to chemicals and their toxicities, the expression profiles of xenobiotic-metabolising enzymes should be studied. Unfortunately, the characterisation of cytochrome P450 (CYP), the dominant enzyme in phase I metabolism, in cats has not extensively been studied. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are known as CYP inducers in animals, but the information regarding the PCB-induced CYP expression in cats is limited. Therefore, in the present study, the authors aimed to elucidate the mRNA expression of the CYP1-CYP3 families in the cat tissues and to investigate the CYP mRNA expression related to PCB exposure. In cats, the greatest abundance of CYP1-CYP3 (CYP1A2, CYP2A13, CYP2C41, CYP2D6, CYP2E1, CYP2E2, CYP2F2, CYP2F5, CYP2J2, CYP2U1, and CYP3A132) was expressed in the liver, but some extrahepatic isozymes were found in the kidney (CYP1A1), heart (CYP1B1), lung (CYP2B11 and CYP2S1) and small intestine (CYP3A131). In cats, CYP1A1, CYP1A2 and CYP1B1 were significantly upregulated in the liver as well as in several tissues exposed to PCBs, indicating that these

CYPs were distinctly induced by PCBs. The strong correlations between 3,3′,4,4′-tetrachlorobiphenyl (CB77) and CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 mRNA expressions were noted, demonstrating that CB77 could be a potent CYP1 inducer. In addition, these CYP isoforms could play an essential role in the PCBs biotransformation, particularly 3-4 Cl-PCBs, because a high hydroxylated metabolite level of 3-4 Cl-OH-PCBs was observed in the liver.

Authors: Khidkhan K, Mizukawa H, Ikenaka Y, Nakayama SMM, Nomiyama K, Yokoyama N, Ichii O, Darwish WS, Takiguchi M, Tanabe S, Ishizuka M.
; Full Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology. 2019 Sep 2; 226:108613. doi:10.1016/j.cbpc.2019.108613. [Epub ahead of print]