In vitroeffects of the citrus flavonoids diosmin, naringenin and naringin on the hepatic drug-metabolizing CYP3A enzyme in human, pig, mouse and fish

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Abstract

Flavonoids are known to have effects on cytochrome P450 enzymatic activity. However, little effort has been made to examine species differences and the relevance of studies on mammalian and fish microsomes so that extrapolations can be made to humans. Therefore, the effects of several naturally occurring flavonoids on the activity of CYP3A-dependent 7-benzyloxy-4-trifluoromethylcoumarin O-debenzylase (BFCOD) were evaluated in human, pig, mouse, and juvenile rainbow trout sources of hepatic microsomes. Each was exposed to three concentrations (1, 10, and 100 μM) of diosmin, naringin, and naringenin. Naringenin competitively inhibited BFCOD activity (Ki values were 24.6 μM in human, 15.6 μM in pig, and 19.6 μM in mouse microsomes). In fish, BFCOD activity was inhibited in a noncompetitive manner (Ki = 7 μM). Neither diosmin nor naringenin affected BFCOD activity in hepatic microsomes from the studied model organisms. These results suggest that dietary flavonoids potentially inhibit the metabolism of clinical drugs.

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