PMID: 39749Jan 1, 1979

Interference of UDP-glucuronyltransferase and beta-glucuronidase activity in rat liver microsomes at pH 7.5 with p-nitrophenol and p-nitrophenylglucuronide as substrates

P L Gigon, M H Bickel


Microsomal fraction contains the whole of hepatic UDP-glucuronyltransferase as well as part of beta-glucuronidase. The activities of the two enzymes were assayed under identical conditions using untreated male rat liver microsomes at pH 7.5. In a 30-min incubation with p-nitrophenol and UPD-glucuronic acid, a net glucuronide formation of 0.010 mumol.min-1.g.liver-1 was measured. In the presence of saccharolactone at concentrations selectively blocking beta-glucuronidase, the glucuronidation rate was 0.015 mumol.min-1.g.liver-1. Using the kinetic parameters of beta-glucuronidase (Km = 0.06 mmol/l p-nitrophenylglucuronide, Vm = 0.075 mumol pNP formed.h-1.g.liver-1) determined in the absence of UDP-glucuronic acid, to correct for the beta-glucuronidase's interference on the glucuronidation process, a glucuronide formation of 0.011 mumol.min-1.g.liver-1 was calculated.


Jan 1, 1991·Journal of Biochemical Toxicology·C HarrisW S Bradshaw

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