The naturally occurring cytochrome P450 (P450) 2B6 K262R mutant of P450 2B6 exhibits alterations in substrate metabolism and inactivation

Namandjé N. Bumpus, Chitra Sridar, Ute M. Kent, Paul F. Hollenberg

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The polymorphic human cytochrome P450 (P450) 2B6 is primarily responsible for the metabolism of several clinically relevant drugs including bupropion, cyclophosphamide, propofol, and efavirenz. Although a number of single nucleotide polymorphisms have been found in the P450 2B6 gene, the influence of these variants on the metabolism of substrates and on the response to known inactivators of P450 2B6 has not been examined. We have compared the metabolism of different substrates of P450 2B6 (P450 Δ2B6) and the effects of mechanism-based inactivators with that observed with the polymorphic P450 Δ2B6 K262R in a reconstituted monooxygenase system (reconstituted system). Metabolism of bupropion by P450 Δ2B6 K262R resulted in increased production of hydroxybupropion compared with P450 Δ2B6. However, production of formaldehyde from the metabolism of benzphetamine by the P450 Δ2B6 K262R mutant was significantly less than that of the wild-type isozyme. P450 Δ2B6 K262R formed fewer benzphetamine metabolites compared with the wild type. N,N′,N″-Triethylenethiophosphoramide (tTEPA) and bergamottin decreased the ability of both enzymes to hydroxylate bupropion and to O-deethylate 7-hydroxy-4-(trifluoromethyl)coumarin (7-EFC). Incubation with 17-α-ethynylestradiol decreased bupropion hydroxylation and 7-EFC O-deethylation with the wild-type enzyme but had no effect on the mutant. The kinetics for inactivation of the variant by tTEPA and bergamottin were determined using 7-EFC. The KI values for inactivation of the variant were significantly greater than those determined for the wild-type enzyme. These data demonstrate a functional difference between P450 Δ2B6 and the allelic variant P450 Δ2B6 K262R.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-802
Number of pages8
JournalDrug Metabolism and Disposition
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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