Isolation of aldosterone synthase cytochrome P-450 from zona glomerulosa mitochondria of rat adrenal cortex

T. Ogishima, F. Mitani, Y. Ishimura

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A cytochrome P-450 capable of producing aldosterone from 11-deoxycorticosterone was purified from the zona glomerulosa of rat adrenal cortex. The enzyme was present in the mitochondria of the zona glomerulosa obtained from sodium-depleted and potassium-repleted rats but scarcely detected in those from untreated rats. It was undetectable in the mitochondria of other zones of the adrenal cortex from both the treated and untreated rats. The cytochrome P-450 was distinguishable from cytochrome P-450(11β) purified from the zonae fasciculata-reticularis mitochondria of the same rats. Molecular weights of the former and the latter cytochromes P-450, as estimated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, were 49,500 and 51,500, respectively, and their amino acid sequences up to the 20th residue from the N terminus were different from each other at least in one position. The former catalyzed the multihydroxylation reactions of 11-deoxycorticosterone giving corticosterone, 18-hydroxydeoxycorticosterone, 18-hydroxycorticosterone, and a significant amount of aldosterone as products. On the other hand, the latter catalyzed only 11β- and 18-hydroxylation reactions of the same substrate to yield either corticosterone or 18-hydroxydeoxycorticosterone. Thus, at least two forms of cytochrome P-450, which catalyze the 11β- and 18-hydroxylations of deoxycorticosterone, exist in rat adrenal cortex, but aldosterone synthesis is catalyzed only by the one present in the zona glomerulosa mitochondria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10935-10938
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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