Differential induction and tissue specific expression of closely related members of the phenobarbital-inducible rabbit cytochrome P-450 gene family

J. K. Leighton, B. Kemper

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Abstract

We have examined the tissue-specific expression of three rabbit genes that are closely related members of a subfamily of the phenobarbital-inducible cytochrome P-450 gene family. Analysis of the levels of mRNA in liver revealed that (a) cytochrome P-450PBc1 mRNA was not detectable in livers from control animals but was present in livers from animals treated with phenobarbital, (b) cytochrome P-450PBc2 was present in control tissue and was increased by about 3-fold 24 h after phenobarbital treatment, and (c) the levels of cytochrome P-450PBc3 mRNA was the same in livers from control and treated animals. In the kidney, only P-450PBc2 mRNA was detected at a level 15% of that in the liver, and the levels increased about 3-fold after phenobarbital treatment. None of the mRNAs was detected in lung tissue. Multiple species of RNA were observed that hybridized to probes for cytochrome P-450PBc1 and P-450PBc2 cDNAs by Northern blot analysis ranging in size from 2300 to 4000 nucleotides. Differential sites for polyadenylation probably cause the heterogeneity in size. A single species of RNA of 2200 nucleotides that hybridized to cytochrome P-450PBc3 cDNA probes was observed. These data demonstrate that three closely related cytochrome P-450 genes are differentially responsive to phenobarbital treatment and that they exhibit different tissue-specific patterns of expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11165-11168
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume259
Issue number18
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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