NADPH-cytochrome P-450 reductases from pig liver and kidney and rabbit liver microsomes were purified to a specific activity of 50–62 μmol cytochrome c reduced/min/mg. All reductase preparations were separated into one major and one minor fraction on Sephadex G-200 columns. The molecular weights of the major fractions of the reductases were estimated to be 74,000, 75,000, and 75,500 for rabbit liver, pig kidney, and liver reductases, respectively, whereas the molecular weight of the minor fractions of these reductases, 67,000, was the same as that of the steapsin-solubilized pig liver reductase on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Km values for NADPH and cytochrome c were: 20 and 29 μm or 14 and 28 μm for the pig kidney or liver reductase, respectively. Immunochemical studies, including Ouchterlony double diffusion experiments and inhibition of benzphetamine N-demethylation activity in microsomes by antibody against pig liver NADPH-cytochrome P-450 reductase, indicated the similarity of the purified liver and kidney reductases. There were no differences in the ability to reconstitute NADPH-mediated benzphetamine N-demethylation and laurate hydroxylation in reconstituted systems between the pig liver and kidney reductases, indicating that the reductase did not determine substrate specificity in these systems.
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