Evidence for increased translational efficiency in the induction of P450IIE1 by solvents: analysis of P450IIE1 mRNA polyribosomal distribution

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 Oct 30;172(2):767-74. doi: 10.1016/0006-291x(90)90740-e.


The potential for enhanced translational processing of P450IIE1 mRNA during the early phase of P450IIE1 induction by pyridine or acetone was assessed by hybridization analysis of polyribosomal P450IIE1 mRNA distribution in rat hepatic tissue. Optical absorbance profiles of polyribosomal fractions exhibited an apparent shift at 5 h following pyridine administration relative to control. Slot and Northern blot analyses for P450IIE1 mRNA in the cytoplasmic extracts isolated from 5 h pyridine-treated rats demonstrated a shift in distribution of P450IIE1 message toward heavier polyribosomal fractions and Northern blot analysis suggested the presence of different populations of P450IIE1 mRNA. Slot blot analyses also demonstrated a shift in the polyribosomal distribution of P450IIE1 mRNA at 12 h following pyridine treatment; in contrast, hybridization analysis for P450IA1 revealed no shift in polyribosomal distribution of P450IA1 mRNA. Acute acetone administration to animals also resulted in a similar shift in polyribosomal distribution of P450IIE1 mRNA as compared to control. These data suggest that P450IIE1 mRNA shifts toward larger polyribosomes following acute exposure of animals to pyridine or acetone and provide evidence that induction of P450IIE1 at early times following acute pyridine or acetone administration involves enhanced translational efficiency through increased loading of ribosomes on P450IIE1 mRNA.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Acetone / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP2E1
  • Enzyme Induction
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Oxidoreductases, N-Demethylating / biosynthesis
  • Oxidoreductases, N-Demethylating / genetics*
  • Polyribosomes / drug effects
  • Polyribosomes / metabolism*
  • Protein Biosynthesis / drug effects*
  • Pyridines / pharmacology
  • RNA, Messenger / drug effects
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics*
  • RNA, Messenger / isolation & purification
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Reference Values
  • Solvents / pharmacology*


  • Pyridines
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Solvents
  • Acetone
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP2E1
  • Oxidoreductases, N-Demethylating
  • pyridine