NADPH-cytochrome P-450 reductase from rat liver: purification by affinity chromatography and characterization

Biochemistry. 1977 Mar 22;16(6):1116-23. doi: 10.1021/bi00625a014.


(NADPH)-cytochrome P-450 reductase was purified to apparent homogeneity by a procedure utilizing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP)-Sepharose affinity column chromatography. The purified flavoprotein has a molecular weight of 79 700 and catalyzes cytochrome P-450 dependent drug metabolism, as well as reduction of exogenous electron acceptors. Aerobic titration of cytochrome P-450 reductase with NADPH indicates that an air-stable reduced form of the enzyme is generated by the addition of 0.5 mol of NADPH per mole of flavin, as judged by spectral characteristics. Further addition of NADPH causes no other changes in the absorbance spectrum. A Km value for NADPH of 5 micron was observed when either cytochrome P-450 or cytochrome c was employed as electron acceptor. A Km value of 8 +/- 2 micron was determined for cytochrome c and a Km of 0.09 +/- 0.01 micron was estimated for cytochrome P-450.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aerobiosis
  • Anaerobiosis
  • Animals
  • Chromatography, Affinity
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Cytochrome Reductases* / isolation & purification
  • Cytochrome Reductases* / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Liver / enzymology*
  • Male
  • NADP
  • Protein Binding
  • Rats
  • Spectrophotometry


  • NADP
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Cytochrome Reductases