Regulation of drug-metabolizing enzymes by local and systemic liver injuries

Yan Guo, Bingfang Hu, Yang Xie, Timothy R. Billiar, Jason L. Sperry, Min Huang, Wen Xie*

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Introduction: Drug metabolism and disposition are critical in maintaining the chemical and functional homeostasis of xenobiotics/drugs and endobiotics. The liver plays an essential role in drug metabolism and disposition due to its abundant expression of drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) and transporters. There is growing evidence to suggest that many hepatic and systemic diseases can affect drug metabolism and disposition by regulating the expression and/or activity of DMEs and transporters in the liver.Areas covered: This review focuses on the recent progress on the regulation of DMEs by local and systemic liver injuries. Liver ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) and sepsis are used as examples of local and systemic injury, respectively. The reciprocal effect of the expression and activity of DMEs on animals sensitivity to local and systemic liver injuries is also discussed.Expert opinion: Local and systemic liver injuries have a major effect on the expression and activity of DMEs in the liver. Understanding the disease effect on DMEs is clinically important due to the concern of disease-drug interactions. Future studies are necessary to understand the mechanism by which liver injury regulates DMEs. Human studies are also urgently needed in order to determine whether the results in animals can be replicated in human patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Animal models
  • drug-metabolizing enzyme
  • ischemia and reperfusion
  • sepsis


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