Rat cytochrome P-4501A1-dependent monooxygenase activities were examined in detail using recombinant yeast microsomes containing rat cytochrome P-4501A1 and yeast NADPH-P-450 reductase. On 7-ethoxycoumarin, which is one of the most popular substrates of P-4501A1, the relationship between the initial velocity (v) and the substrate concentration ([S]) exhibited non-linear Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Hanes-Woolf plots ([S]/v vs. [S]) clearly showed a biphasic kinetic behavior. Aminopyrine N-demethylation also showed a biphasic kinetics. The regression analyses on the basis of the two-substrate binding model proposed by Korzekwa et al. (Biochemistry 37 (1998) 4137-4147) strongly suggest the presence of the two substrate-binding sites in P-4501A1 molecules for those substrates. An Arrhenius plot with high 7-ethoxycoumarin concentration showed a breakpoint at around 28 degrees C probably due to the change of the rate-limiting step of P-4501A1-dependent 7-ethoxycoumarin O-deethylation. However, the addition of 30% glycerol to the reaction mixture prevented observation of the breakpoint. The methanol used as a solvent of 7-ethoxycoumarin was found to be a non-competitive inhibitor. Based on the inhibition kinetics, the real V(max) value in the absence of methanol was calculated. These results strongly suggest that the recombinant yeast microsomal membrane containing a single P-450 isoform and yeast NADPH-P-450 reductase is quite useful for kinetic studies on P-450-dependent monooxygenation including an exact evaluation of inhibitory effects of organic solvents.