Journal article

THE METABOLISM OF AFLATOXIN-B1 BY HEPATOCYTES ISOLATED FROM RATS FOLLOWING THE INVIVO ADMINISTRATION OF SOME XENOBIOTICS

SA METCALFE, GE NEAL

CARCINOGENESIS | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 1983

Abstract

Isolated rat hepatocytes, an intact cellular system capable of performing phase I and phase II metabolism, have been used to investigate metabolism of aflatoxin B1. These cells were found to metabolise [14C]aflatoxin B1 to aflatoxins M1 and Q1, and to radiolabelled polar material, presumably conjugates, as analysed by h.p.l.c., t.l.c. and radioactive determination. In vivo administration of the mixed function oxidase inducers, phenobarbitone and 3-methylcholanthrene, resulted in enhanced hepatocyte phase I (microsomal) metabolism of aflatoxin B1. In contrast to metabolism of AFB1 by in vitro subcellular systems increased production of polar material (conjugated metabolites) derived from [14C..

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