Sekisui XenoTech Establishes Method for High Aldehyde Oxidase, Xanthine Oxidase Activity in Pooled Human Liver Test Systems

Sekisui XenoTech announced the addition of the H0606.S9(AX) Pooled Human Liver S9 and H0606.C(AX) Pooled Human Liver Cytosol test systems to the company’s catalog of in vitro drug development products. These new test systems have been prepared from tissue treated to preserve high AO (aldehyde oxidase) and XO (xanthine oxidase) activity.

Non-transplant quality human livers donated for research are a common source of both cellular and subcellular material utilized in in vitro drug metabolism studies. At the time of organ recovery, livers are flushed with an ice-cold perfusion and storage solution that preserves the tissue during delivery from the recovery site to the research facility. The two most commonly used cold storage solutions are UW (University of Wisconsin) solution and Custodiol HTK (histidine tryptophan ketoglutarate) solution.

One notable difference between these two solutions is the presence of 1 mM allopurinol in the UW solution. Researchers at Washington State University had previously shown that 1 mM allopurinol inhibits XO activity in human liver cytosol. Concerned that the exposure of human livers to allopurinol could lead to an underestimation of the contribution of XO in the metabolism of new chemical entities, Sekisui XenoTech scientists also set out to evaluate XO and AO activities in S9 subcellular fractions prepared from human livers that were flushed and stored in UW solution or HTK solution. To determine whether UW or HTK affected other drug metabolizing enzymes, the metabolism of selective marker substrates for the major cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes was also examined.

In a poster presented in June 28, 2017, at the 14th European ISSX Meeting in Cologne, Germany, Sekisui XenoTech scientists showed that pooled human liver S9 prepared from tissue that is cold-preserved in HTK solution has increased XO and AO activity with little effect on major CYP activity compared with S9 prepared from livers preserved in UW solution.

“Aldehyde oxidase activity, as measured by the oxidation of zaleplon to 5-oxo-zaleplon, phthalazine to 1-phthalazinone, and p-vanillin to vanillic acid, was on average 2- to 3-fold higher in human liver S9 prepared from HTK-preserved livers than UW-preserved livers,” Stephanie Helmstetter, Senior Manager of Production and Quality Control at Sekisui XenoTech, said. “Xanthine oxidase activity, as measured by the oxidation of 6-nitroquinazolinone to 6-nitroquinazolinedione, was on average over 5-fold higher in human liver S9 prepared from HTK-preserved livers than UW-preserved livers. Furthermore, preservation of livers in HTK or UW cold storage solutions did not lead to a significant difference in CYP activity.”

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