The expression of a functional cDNA encoding the chicken cytochrome P-450arom (aromatase) that catalyzes the formation of estrogen from androgen

J Biol Chem. 1988 Nov 5;263(31):16358-63.


A complementary DNA (cDNA) copy of the aromatase P-450 has been isolated from a chicken ovary library using as probe a partial cDNA believed to encode the human placental aromatase. The predicted amino acid sequence of the chicken aromatase cDNA possesses regions of homology to that of its human counterpart, but only limited homology to other cytochrome P-450 enzymes. The introduction of the cDNA clone into COS-1 cells results in the production of high levels of aromatase activity. The chicken enzyme is targeted to the appropriate subcellular fraction in the transfected COS cells, and the apparent Km of the chicken aromatase activity, measured in microsomes prepared from the transfected cells, is similar to that of the enzyme prepared from chicken ovary microsomes. These findings establish that the cDNA clone encodes chicken ovarian aromatase and demonstrate that this protein can catalyze the three successive oxidation reactions necessary to form estrogen from androgen.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Aromatase / genetics*
  • Aromatase / metabolism
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Cell Line
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chickens
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA / genetics*
  • Female
  • Microsomes / enzymology
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Ovary / enzymology*
  • Transcription, Genetic*
  • Transfection


  • DNA
  • Aromatase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/J04047