The synthesis and purification of a component of fireMaster BP-6 and fireMaster FF-1, 2,3′,4,4′,5-pentabromobiphenyl, is described. The compound was found to be a potent inducer of liver microsomal drug-metabolizing enzymes in the rat, enhancing those enzymic activities induced by both phenobarbitone and 3-methylcholanthrene (i.e. cytochromes P-450 and P-448). The pentabromobiphenyl enhanced the activities of benzo[a]pyrene hydroxylase, dimethylamino-antipyrine N-demethylase and NADPH-cytochrome c reductase. The hepatic cytochromes b5 and P-450 were increased and the Soret peak maximum of the latter was shifted to 448.5 nm. The relative peak intensities and spectral shifts for the ethylisocyanide-binding difference spectra confirmed the mixed induction characteristics of 2,3′,4,4′,5-pentabromobiphenyl.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jan 15 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology