Cytochrome P450 in Unicellular Organisms

  • D. Sanglard
  • O. Käppeli
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 105)


The ubiquity of monooxygenases among the many life forms existing in nature is an illustration of their important role in the maintenance of biological functions. The ability of these special enzymes to convert many substances to a reactive state is a property that both prokaryotes and eukaryotes have extensively integrated in their metabolism. The majority of cytochromes P450 forms that have so far been reported originate from higher eukaryotes. These enzymes have attracted the attention of many researchers in the pharmalogical and medical fields, since they are involved in the metabolisms of drugs and xenobiotica and have been linked to various health problems or are thought to be the indirect cause of several cancer forms.


Bacillus Megaterium Candida Tropicalis Unicellular Organism Cytochrome P450 Monooxygenases Streptomyces Griseus 
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