1. Aminopyrine strongly inhibits NADPH-induced lipid peroxide formation in rat liver microsomes, but ascorbate-induced peroxidation is inhibited to a smaller extent. 2. Aminopyrine oxidation is stimulated by Mg2+ but inhibited by Ca2+. Concentrated solutions (10mm) of iron-chelating agents inhibit aminopyrine oxidation, but the more dilute solutions (0·5mm) of chelators that block lipid peroxide formation do not inhibit aminopyrine oxidation. Microsomes prepared from sucrose–EDTA homogenates rapidly oxidize aminopyrine, but do not form lipid peroxide when incubated with ascorbate or NADPH. 3. Aminopyrine oxidation is strongly inhibited by p-chloromercuribenzoate, less by iodoacetamide and weakly by N-ethylmaleimide. The site of action of these compounds is considered to be a ferredoxin-type protein. GSH and cysteine also inhibit. 4. Other drugs oxidized by microsomes such as caffeine, phenobarbitone and hexobarbitone had either no or little effect on lipid peroxide formation, but codeine inhibited. 5. Most aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones and aldehydes did not affect lipid peroxide formation, but chloroform and carbon tetrachloride inhibited. 6. Many aromatic compounds inhibited lipid peroxide formation. Only aromatic acids were without any effect and phenols and amines were very strong inhibitors. 7. Induction of lipid peroxide formation in microsomes by incubation with ascorbate or NADPH or by treatment with ionizing radiation leads to a sharp decline in the ability of microsomes to oxidize aminopyrine or hydroxylate aniline. 8. It is considered that the two processes of hydroxylation and lipid peroxide formation are closely linked in microsomes. They probably depend on the same electron-transport chain, and peroxide formation, which involves membrane disintegration, may be part of the normal membrane remodelling process.

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