Role of cytochrome P4502E1 in alcoholic liver disease pathogenesis

Alcohol. Nov-Dec 1993;10(6):459-64. doi: 10.1016/0741-8329(93)90065-v.


The intragastric tube feeding model is ideal for the study of the role of dietary factors and the effect of drugs on experimental alcoholic liver disease (ALD), since the model allows us to study the effect of a single variable in the diet on the pathology of liver where the blood alcohol level (BAL) is maintained over 150 mg%. By varying the dietary fatty acid composition we showed that the pathology was worsened by increasing linoleic acid or polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the diet where cytochrome P4502E1 (CYP2E1) was increased posttranslationally by high BAL. Concomitant with the increase in CYP2E1 there was evidence for an increase in lipid peroxidation (LP) by microsomes. Protein adducts of the products of LP were increased in the blood. Isoniazid (INH) enhanced this process and the pathology of ALD when INH was fed at therapeutic levels with ethanol. Preliminary studies show that diallyl sulfide, which inhibits and destroys liver CYP2E1 selectively, also modified the pathologic effects of ethanol. Thus we postulate that CYP2E1 induction plays a central role in the pathogenesis of ALD.

MeSH terms

  • Allyl Compounds*
  • Animals
  • Corn Oil / pharmacology
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP2E1
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / physiology*
  • Ethanol / blood
  • Ethanol / pharmacology
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal
  • Liver / pathology
  • Liver Diseases, Alcoholic / etiology*
  • Liver Diseases, Alcoholic / metabolism
  • Liver Diseases, Alcoholic / pathology
  • Male
  • Oxidoreductases, N-Demethylating / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Sulfides / pharmacology


  • Allyl Compounds
  • Sulfides
  • Ethanol
  • allyl sulfide
  • Corn Oil
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP2E1
  • Oxidoreductases, N-Demethylating