In an attempt to resolve conflicting reports in the literature, the effects of 2, 2', 3, 3', 4, 4'-hexa- and 2, 2', 3', 4, 4', 5-hexachlorobiphenyl on the hepatic microsomal drug-metabolizing enzymes were evaluated in the immature male rat. By comparison with the effects of the classical enzyme inducers, phenobarbitone (PB) and 3-methylcholanthrene (MC), 2, 2', 3, 3', 4, 4'-hexachlorobiphenyl, irrespective of its synthetic route, exhibited PB- and MC-type characteristics; the most prominent feature of the latter being a seven-fold increase in 4-chlorobiphenyl hydroxylase activity. 2, 2', 3', 4, 4', 5-Hexachlorobiphenyl also resembled a mixed (PB + MC)-type inducer although its MC-type characteristics were more pronounced than those of 2, 2', 3, 3', 4, 4'-hexachlorobiphenyl.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)