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Biol. Res. v.41 n.1 Santiago  2008 


BiolRes41: 81-92,2008



Study of Cytochrome P450 2E1 and its allele Variants in Liver Injury of Nondiabetic, Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Obese Women



1 Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology Program, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
2 Department of Medicine, University of Chile Clinical Hospital
3 Department of Surgery, University of Chile Clinical Hospital
4 Department of Pathological Anatomy, University of Chile Clinical Hospital
5 Epidemiology Division, School of Public Health, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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CYP2E1 enzyme is related to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) due to its ability for reactive oxygen species production, which can be influenced by polymorphisms in the gene. The aim of this study was to investigate hepatic levels, activity, and polymorphisms of the CYP2E1 gene to correlate it with clinical and histological features in 48 female obese NASH patients. Subjects were divided into three groups: (i) normal; (ii) steatosis; and (iii) steatohepatitis. CYP2E1 protein level was assayed in microsomes from liver biopsies, and in vivo chlorzoxazone hydroxylation was determined by HPLC. Genomic DNA was isolated for genotype analysis through PCR. The results showed that liver CYP2E1 content was significantly higher in the steatohepatitis (45%; p=0.024) and steatosis (22%; p=0.032) group compared with normal group. Chlorzoxazone hydroxylase activity showed significant enhancement in the steatohepatitis group (15%, p=0.027) compared with the normal group. c2 rare allele of RsallPstl polymorphisms but no C allele of Dral polymorphism was positively associated with CHZ hydroxylation, which in turn is correlated with liver CYP2E1 content (r=0.59; p=0.026). In conclusion, c2 allele is positively associated with liver injury in NASH. This allele may determine a higher transcriptional activity of the gene, with consequent enhancement in pro-oxidant activity of CYP2E1 thus affording liver toxicity.

Key terms: steatohepatitis, NASH, CYP2E1, obesity, genotype, chlorzoxazone.


NASH is a progressive liver pathology associated to etiologic factors such as obesity, hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, and type-II diabetes mellitus, with obesity being the most important (James and Day, 1998; Matteoni et al., 1999; Angulo et al., 1999; Ratziu et al., 2000). This disorder is observed in patients with no history of  significant alcohol consumption, however histologically it resembles alcohol-induced liver injury (Ludwig et al., 1980). Fatty liver, the earliest and most prevalent stage of NASH, is thought to sensitize the liver to additional necroinflammatory insults, thus promoting disease progression to steatohepatitis and cirrhosis (Matteoni et al., 1999; Angulo et al., 1999). A number of  metabolic parameters are related to NASH. These include imbalances in amino acid, glucose, and antiketogenic and ketogenic hormones in portal blood, mitochondrial dysfunction (Matteoni et al., 1999), pro-inflammatory cytokine release (Ratziu et al., 2000), oxidative stress, and CYP2E1 induction (Ludwig et al., 1980; Weltman et al., 1998; Videla et al., 2004a). CYP2E1 has a significant role in the biotransformation of ethanol and other xenobiotics, the gluconeogenesis from ketones, and fatty acid oxidation, being a major microsomal source of ROS (González, 2005). This enzyme is induced by pesticides, thyroid hormones, alcohol and ketones, the latter usually found in obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes (Pagano et al., 2002; Fernández et al., 2003; Wang et al., 2003), thus contributing to liver pathologies such as alcoholic liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (Lieber, 2004; Ishii, 2004).

From the pathogenic point of view, CYP2E1-derived ROS could represent a crucial factor in determining liver injury, particularly when antioxidant defenses are depleted (Videla et al., 2004a), thus contributing to the enhancement in lipid peroxidation, protein carbonylation, and DNA oxidation observed in NASH patients (Robertson et al., 2001). In addition, higher CYP2E1 activity is seen in a variety of conditions such as fasting, obesity, diabetes, and high-fat/low-carbohydrate diets (Yoo et al., 1991; Robertson et al., 2001; Pagano et al., 2002; Wang et al., 2003; Lieber, 2004, Ishii, 2004). The relationship between CYP2E1 and NASH was originally suggested in a rat nutritional model of NASH (Weltman et al., 1996) and was later confirmed in human NASH (Weltman et al., 1998), with CYP2E1 up-regulation being observed in clinical settings that are associated with steatohepatitis, namely, diabetes mellitus and obesity (Lucas et al., 1998). Furthermore, hepatic CYP2E1 protein expression and activity are higher in livers from obese patients with steatohepatitis than in those with uncomplicated steatosis (Chalasani et al., 2003) and correlated positively with the severity of liver damage (Videla et al., 2004a; Leclercq, 2004; Orellana et al., 2006), suggesting that CYP2E1 induction is related to progression of NASH.

The human CYP2E1 hepatic mRNA, protein, and enzyme activity exhibit an important interindividual variability (Lucas et al., 1993). It has been proposed that genetic polymorphisms of the gene encoding CYP2E1 could contribute to such variability and to the development of pathologies such as hepato-cellular carcinoma (Yu et al., 1995) and alcoholic liver disease (Tsutsumi et al., 1994). In addition, profound ethnic differences in CYP2E1 allele frequencies have previously been reported among Asians, Caucasians and Africans, which may explain ethnic differences in related metabolic activity and disease (Stephens et al., 1994).

Several polymorphic sites are found in the CYP2E1 gene. Dral polymorphism in the intron 6 of the gene deletes a restriction site for the enzyme Dral due to a transversion from adenine to thymine in the base 7,668, which is called "rare allele C" or CYP2E1*6 (Hu et al., 1997). The final effect of this change on CYP2E1 activity has not been determined. In addition, Rsal polymorphism consists in a transition from cytosine to thymine upstream of the gene in the regulatory region: 1,019. Furthermore, Pstl polymorphism is produced by transversion from guanine to cytosine in the position 1,259, very close to Rsal polymorphism (Watanabe et al., 1994). These latter two polymorphisms are found in linkage disequilibrium and their rare allele is called c2 or CYP2E1*5B (Quiñones et al., 1999). The functional relevance of the Rsal polymorphism is due to its location in the binding site of the hepatic nuclear factor 1 (HNF-1), a liver-specific transcription factor that enhances the transcriptional activity of the human CYP2E1 promoter (Hayashi et al., 1991; Watanabe et al., 1994; Quiñones et al., 1999). Unlike alcoholic fatty liver disease (ASH), the metabolic features associated with NASH, such as fat accumulation, insulin resistance, and increased ketone bodies, would favor a higher transcriptional activity of the CYP2E1 gene (Yun et al., 1992; Zangar and Novak, 1997; Woodcraft et al., 2002). Based on these antecedents, the aim of this study was to investigate the role of functionally relevant CYP2E1 polymorphisms in NASH. For this purpose, the content and activity of CYP2E1 and the allele variants for the Dral, Rsal, and Pstl polymorphisms were analyzed in relation to the clinical, histological, and pathophysiological aspects ofNASH.


Patients and laboratory research

Forty-eight voluntary women subjected to gastroplasty or gastrectomy with a gastro-jejunal anastomosis were included in this study. A complete clinical history, including data on nutrition and alcohol consumption together with anthropometric measurements were obtained. Laboratory tests included liver enzymes, bilirubin, albumin, hepatitis B and C serology, and autoantibodies  (anti-nuclear, antimitochondrial, and anti-smooth muscle antibodies). In addition, serum levels of ferritin,  transferrin saturation, ceruloplasmin, cholesterol, triacylglycerols, low-density lipoprotein, high-density lipoprotein, and glucose were also determined. The index of insulin resistance was evaluated by Homeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA), calculated as (fasting insulin x fasting glucose)/22.5. Patients with significant alcohol consumption (more than 40 g of alcohol per week), previous use of steatogenic medications or any blood tests suggesting other specific liver diseases (e.g., viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis) or diabetes were excluded. Selected patients were subjected to a diet of 25 kcal/kg (30% lipids, 15% proteins), for at least 2 days prior to surgery. Liver biopsies of approx. 2 cm3 were taken during the surgery for histological diagnosis. A half of each liver samples were fixed in 10% formaldehyde and paraffin-embedded, and sections were stained with either haematoxylin/eosin or Van Gieson's stains. Sections of each liver biopsy were blindly observed and evaluated for histological abnormalities by means of a previously defined code (Videla et al., 2004b). Obese patients were divided into three groups: (a) normal group (normal liver histology); (b) patients with steatosis (5-100% macrovesicular steatosis); and (c) patients with steatohepatitis (steatosis and lobular inflammation with hepatocyte ballooning, with or without fibrosis). The second half of the liver samples were stored at -80°C for about 48 h until used for microsome preparation for immmunoblot.

The Ethics Committee of the Clinical Hospital of the Universidad de Chile approved the study protocol, according to the 1964 (Revised in October 2000) Declaration of Helsinki. Informed consent for using part of the blood and liver samples was obtained from all patients.


Liver microsomes were prepared by ultracentrifugation (Orellana et al., 2006) from at least 1 g of liver biopsies, and total microsomal protein content was measured according to Lowry et al. (1951), using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as standard. The liver CYP2E1 content was determined by Western blot. A polyclonal antibody to hepatic cytochrome P450 2E1 (Daiichi Pure Chemicals Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) was used to detect the enzyme in 20 [ig of microsomal protein per lane in Western Blot experiments (Towbin et al., 1979). Alkaline phosphatase-linked secondary antibody was used, and the bands were stained with Nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT)/ 5-bromo-4-cloro-3-indolylphosphate (BCIP) solution. Quantification of CYP2E1 was performed using acetone-treated rat liver microsomes containing cytochrome P450 2E1 (3 pmol/blot) as standard (Daiichi Pure Chemicals Co. Ltd.).

In vivo CYP2E1 activity assay

CYP2E1 activity was measured using CHZ as an in vivo probe in patients prior to surgery. This muscle relaxant has been proposed as a specific probe for CYP2E1 activity (Lucas et al., 1993a). Subjects were asked to avoid certain foods (grapefruit, vegetables from the mustard-green family, and beverages containing xanthine and alcohol) for at least 72 hours. Any medications were discontinued one week before this test to reduce the chances of drug interference. Blood samples were collected for 2 hours after administering a 500 mg dose of CHZ orally; blood samples from each group of patients were received in plastic tubes with EDTA, centrifuged immediately and the serum frozen at -20 °C until used. The serum concentrations of CHZ and 6-hydroxy-CHZ were separated and determined by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), after de-conjugation with 2,000 units of (3-glucuronidase at 37°C for 1 hour by using a LiChrospher® 100 RP-18 (5[xm) column and acetonitrile/acetic acid, 30/70 (v/v) at a flow of 1 ml/min, measuring the absorbance at 285 nm. The CYP2E1 activity was expressed as 6-OH-CHZ/CHZ ratio.

Blood samples and DNA extraction

Blood samples were collected on EDTA from all women and used to obtain genomic DNA from peripheral leukocytes following the method of Miller et al. (1988). The genomic DNA was examined for purity at 260/280 nm absorption and re-purified with phenol/chloroform protocol as required. DNA was stored at -30°C until used.

Genotyping methods

After DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) was used to examine the polymorphism of interest. All samples were submitted to separate amplifications followed by digestion with appropriate restriction enzymes. Dral alleles detection was carried out using the primers described by Hirvonen et al. (1993), yielding a 373 bp fragment used to amplify between 7421 and 7793 nucleotides inside intron 6 of the gene. For the Rsal and Pstl polymorphisms, primers yielding a 413 bp fragment were used to amplify between -1372 and -960 nucleotides upstream of the gene to detect both sites (Rsal/Pstl) (Hayashi et al., 1991). The PCR products were subjected to digestion with Dral, Rsal and Pstl restriction enzymes at 37°C for lh (GIBCO BRL, Life Technologies, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD, USA). The samples were then analyzed by agarose 3% gel electrophoresis (Bio-Rad Lab., Richmond, CA, USA).

Statistical analysis

Interval variables are expressed as means ± SEM, with the indicated number of samples unable to be processed (missing data). For categorical variables, frequencies and percentages were used. The differences were considered statistically significant at p<0.05. To compare interval variables and categorical variables among different groups we employed Student t test and chi2, respectively. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% Confident Interval (CI95%) were used to compare the magnitude of fatty liver disease risk between the different group.


Table I shows the general clinical and biochemical characteristics of the normal group and patients with steatosis and steatohepatitis. Age, HDL, LDL, fasting glucose, AST, yGT, bilirubin, and albumin are comparable among groups. However, significant differences are observed between normal and steatohepatitis groups in body mass index (BMI), triacylglycerols, fasting insulin, HOMA, and ALT, and between normal and steatosis groups in cholesterol and HOMA. Examples for genotypic analysis of Dral, Rsal, and Pstl polymorphism are shown in Figure 1 (A and B), where patterns for obese women with different genotypes are observed after PCR amplification and restriction enzyme digestion. Table II shows the distribution of different Dral and Rsal/Pstl genotypes in the studied groups, where C* correspond to a group of CD and CC genotypes and c2* correspond to a group of clc2 and c2c2 (alleles with the nucleotide exchanges). The allele frequencies for C (fc) were 0.115, 0.139, and 0.235 for normal, steatosis, and steatohepatitis groups, respectively, whereas those for c2 (fc2) were 0.115, 0.055 and 0.235, respectively. The risk of steatosis and steatohepatitis in women carriers of C*-susceptibility allele variants was 71% greater compared with the normal group. In the case of c2*, the risk was close to null value for steatosis. On the other hand, the risk of steatohepatitis in women carriers of c2*-susceptibility allele was 75% greater compared with the normal group.

The immunodetection of the CYP2E1 enzyme in microsomes obtained from liver biopsies of women with normal liver histology, steatosis, or steatohepatitis was standardized using rat CYP2E1 (Fig. 2 A). The results obtained through band densitometry analysis of Western blots from patients with wild-type alleles (clcl and DD) show statistically significant increases in the amount of CYP2E1 in steatosis and steatohepatitis in relation to the normal group, 22% and 45% respectively (Fig. 2 B).

In order to analyze whether the observed increase in the immunodetected amount of CYP2E1 is reflected in the enzyme activity, we assayed the in vivo CYP2E1-dependent hydroxylation of CHZ in the studied

groups, expressed as the ratio between the resulting product 6-OH-CHZ and the substrate CHZ. The results showed comparable values in the steatosis and normal groups, whereas those in the steatohepatitis group were significantly higher than the normal group (35%; p=0.027) (Fig. 3). Furthermore, in vivo CHZ hydroxylation and liver CYP2E1 content are significantly correlated (r=0.59; p=0.026).

The analysis of the relationship between in vivo catalytic activity of CYP2E1, assayed as CHZ hydroxylase, and genotypes is shown in Figure 4. The results show that the increase in CYP2E1 activity is statistically significant for c2* comprising clc2 and c2c2 genotypes (Fig. 4 A), whereas no significant association is observed between CHZ hydroxylation for C* comprising CD and CC genotypes (Fig. 4 B).


The pathogenic mechanisms underlying the development of NASH are not completely understood, particularly how apparently diverse etiologies such as alcohol consumption and obesity can give rise to similar histological features (Lieber, 2004; Ishii, 2004). Contrarily to NASH, several studies related to CYP2E1 polymorphisms and alcoholic fatty liver disease (ASH) are available, although they are highly contradictory. In fact, in the Japanese population, Tsutsumi et al. showed an association between c2 allele and ASH (Lucas et al., 1993b), while Maezawa et al (1994) reported an association with cl allele. In the North American population, Carr et al. found no association between Rsal polymorphism and ASH (Carr et al., 1995), whereas Pirmohamed et al. showed a significant correlation between c2 allele and ASH [Pirmohamed et al., 1995). These observed differences could be due to: (i) clinical differences among patients; (ii) ethnic variations in the studied populations; and (iii) the mechanism for the increase of CYP2E1 activity involved. In ASH, up-regulation of hepatic CYP2E1 activity is exerted at the post-translational level due to ethanol effect on protein stabilization (Carroccio et al., 1994), therefore no association with polymorphisms should be expected. Conversely, metabolic conditions associated with NASH could act at genetic level modifying the transcriptional activity of the CYP2E1 gene, which in turn, may also be influenced by polymorphisms.

Data presented in this work for in vivo CYP2E1 activity, immunodetected amounts of liver biopsy CYP2E1, and genetic polymorphisms, were obtained from non-diabetic, morbidly obese patients, excluding diabetic women and men, as previous studies show controversial results in relation to the effect of glucose on hepatic CYP2E1 amount and activity (Wang et al., 2003; Woodcraft et al., 2002) and sex as a factor in CYP2E1 levels (Dekant et al., 1995).

Patients studied show liver function tests within normal ranges, in agreement with previous observations (García-Monzón et al., 2000; Mofrad et al., 2003). In this clinical setting, obese patients with steatosis exhibited hepatic CYP2E1 levels 22% higher than those with normal liver histology, which is not reflected in significant changes in the in vivo CYP2E1 activity assessed by the CHZ hydroxylation assay. In patients with NASH, however, liver CYP2E1 content is 45% higher than normal values in concomitance with the 15% enhancement of in vivo CYP2E1 activity, suggesting the attainment of a functionally significant CYP2E1 induction in these patients. Data reported indicate that in vivo CHZ hydroxylation constitutes a non-invasive and reliable indicator of CYP2E1 activity under conditions of enhanced gene expression. Enhancement in liver CYP2E1 content and activity with severe morphological alterations assessed by liver histology is observed in patients with insulin resistance, independently on CYP2E1 genotype. These observations suggest that CYP2E1 induction is a major factor for liver injury in obese patients with NASH, probably due to substantial attenuation of the repressive effect of insulin on CYP2E1 expression (Fig. 5), which is normally exerted at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels (Woodcroft et al., 2002). In addition, specific relevant polymorphic sites in the CYP2E1 gene may represent contributory factors for CYP2E1 induction (Fig. 5), as the ethanol effect in ASH (23, 38, 40). In fact, CYP2E1 variant allele c2 shows a statistically significant association with the in vivo CHZ hydroxylase activity, which in turn is related to liver injury in obese women. In vitro studies have shown that rare c2 allele is associated with higher transcriptional activity protein expression and enzyme activity than the wild-type el allele (Hayashi et al., 1991; Watanabe et al., 1994).

Recent works suggest that the main factor responsible for increase of CYP2E1 expression is insulin rather than ketone bodies, both in diabetic or fasting mammals (Woodcroft et al., 2002) and in rat hepatocytes with metabolic syndrome associated with NASH (Pagano et al., 2002). Through kinases IP3, P70 S6 and Src, this hormone would exert a suppressive effect on the CYP2E1 expression by the concerted action of enhanced CYP2E1 mRNA turn-over and inhibition of transcription of the gene. However, Schattenberg et al. (2005) postulated that overexpression of CYP2E1 leads to impairment of hepatic insulin signaling (down-regulation), potentially contributing to insulin resistance associated with NASH, an effect that may be due to the ability of CYP2E1 to induce oxidative stress (Fig. 5).

Together, these issues indicate that the relationship between NASH and insulin resistance is complex, therefore pointing to further studies of genetic expression factors on CYP2E1 in NASH, in addition to metabolic and environmental factors.

On the other hand, it has been shown that CYP2E1 genetic polymorphisms may avoid the down-regulation of transcriptional activity of this gene by proinflammatory cytokines, leading to more severe pathology due to an increase in the toxic potential of the enzyme (Mofrad et al., 2003). In this respect, changes in HNFla binding to the CYP2E1 promoter region also have been suggested as potential suppression mechanisms of CYP2E1 expression (Roe et al., 2001; Hakkola et al., 2003), where Rsal polymorphism could affect the negative feedback regulation mediated by cytokines. Our results show that CYP2E1*5B genetic polymorphism, which has been related to increase of CYP2E1 expression (Hayashi et al., 1991; Watanabe et al., 1994), influence the significant statistical association between CYP2E1 level and liver injury.

In conclusion, polymorphism of CYP2E1 and insulin resistance are associated with higher levels and activity of the enzyme in obese patients with NASH, which have been related to increased risk of liver damage through enhancement of ROS production (Fig. 5). Therefore, in NASH etiology the occurrence of genetic polymorphisms increasing CYP2E1 expression could represent susceptibility factors to acquire insulin resistance mediated by oxidative stress.


This work was supported by grant 1060105 from FONDECYT, Santiago, Chile. The authors want to thanks Drs. Jorge Contreras, Raúl Lazarte, Jorge Rojas, Fernando Maluenda Juan Carlos Diaz and Patricio Burdiles for their clinical assistance.



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Corresponding Author: Dr. Luis Quiñones S., Laboratory of Chemical Carcinogenesis and Pharmacogenetics, IFT, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology Program, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, P.O. Box 70111, Santiago 7, Chile. Tel: 56-2-6817756; Fax: 56-2-7372783; E-mail:

Received: November 28, 2007. In Revised form: November 28, 2007. Accepted: March 24, 2008


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