Jun 25, 1976

Cytochrome P-450 of bovine adrenal mitochondria. Ligand binding to two forms resolved by EPR spectroscopy

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
C R. JefcoateH Beinhert


The binding of cholest-5-ene-3beta,20alpha-diol (20alpha-hydroxycholesterol), 11-deoxycorticosterone, and aminoglutethimide to cytochrome P-450 in bovine adrenal mitochondria was measured by changes in optical spectra at room temperature and by EPR spectra at 14 K. The two methods provided nearly identical quantitation of these interactions with cytochrome P-450. Two distinct high spin forms of cytochrome P-450 were revealed by EPR spectra. The predominant high spin species (g = 8.2) was decreased by addition of 20alpha-hydroxycholesterol and elevated pH but was increased by addition of cholesterol. The minor high spin species (g = 8.1) was incrreased by addition of deoxycorticosterone but decreased by low concentrations of metyrapone. The two forms were evidently not in equilibrium and have been assigned to distinct forms of cytochrome P-450 involved in, respectively, cholesterol side chain cleavage (P-450scc) and steroid 11beta hydroxylation (P-450(11)beta). The high spin states are derived from complexes of these P-450 cytochromes with endogenous substrates, which are, respectively, cholesterol and deoxycorticoids. A high to low spin transition was observed when these complexes were turned over by initiating hydroxylation wi...Continue Reading

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SU 4885
Cytochrome P-450 Oxygenase
Plasma Protein Binding Capacity
Catatoxic Steroids
Protein Conformation
Adrenal Glands
Bos indicus

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