Arachidonic acid metabolism in the marine fish Stenotomus chrysops (Scup) and the effects of cytochrome P450 1A inducers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cytochrome P450-mediated arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism was investigated in the marine fish scup, Stenotomus chrysops. Liver microsomes incubated with AA and NADPH produced epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) and their hydration products (dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids, DHETs), midchain conjugated dienols (midchain HETEs), and C16-through C20-alcohols of AA (omega-terminal HETEs), all identified by HPLC and GC/MS. Gravid females had 4-fold lower AA metabolism rates than males but identical metabolite profiles. The 5,6-EET (inferred from stable metabolites) was most abundant (47% of total EETs) followed by 14,15-, 11,12-, and 8,9-EET (27, 13, and 13%, respectively). The 12-HETE represented 25% of total HETEs followed in abundance by 16-, 15-, 11-, 19-, 20-, 8-, and 9-HETE. Antibodies against scup CYP1A and a scup CYP2B-like protein inhibited liver microsomal AA metabolism by 30 and 46%, respectively. GC/MS analysis revealed EETs and DHETs as endogenous constituents in scup liver; the predominant EETs were 8,9- and 14,15-EET, followed by a lesser amount of 11,12-EET. Chiral analysis showed a preference for the S,R-enantiomers of endogenous 8,9-, 11,12-, and 14,15-EET (optical purities 80, 64, and 64%, respectively). Treatment of scup with the CYP1A inducer benzo(a)pyrene (BP) increased liver microsomal formation of EETs and HETEs by 2.7-fold in spring and 1.7-fold in summer. BP treatment did not affect microsomal EET regioselectivity, but shifted hydroxylation in favor of 19-HETE and induced 17-HETE formation. 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) treatment in summer did not induce liver microsomal AA metabolism rates, yet BP and TCDD both increased endogenous EET content of liver (5- and 3-fold, respectively), with a shift to 14,15-EET. BP treatment increased the selectivity for the S,R-enantiomers of endogenous 8,9-, 11,12-, and 14,15-EET (optical purities 91, 84, and 83%, respectively). Kidney, gill, and heart microsomes all metabolized AA, at rates 10- to 30-fold less than liver microsomes. Similar amounts of endogenous 8,9- and 14,15-EET and less 11,12-EET were detected in heart and kidney, and there was a strong enantioselectivity for 8(R),9(S)-EET in heart (optical purity 78%) but not in kidney. BP treatment did not alter the total EET content in these organs but did shift the regiochemical profile in heart to favor 14,15-EET. Thus, scup liver and extrahepatic organs metabolize AA via multiple cytochrome P450 (CYP) forms to eicosanoids in vitro and in vivo. BP or TCDD induced endogenous AA metabolism in liver, altering EET regioselectivity and, with BP, stereoselectivity. While AhR agonists alter metabolism of AA in early diverging vertebrates expressing both CYP1A and AhR, the magnitude of effects may depend upon the type of inducer.

publication date

  • May 15, 1998