2012 Volume 35 Issue 3 Pages 329-334
This study investigates whether tomato juice can inhibit cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4-mediated drug metabolism. Three commercially available, additive-free tomato juices, along with homogenized fresh tomato, were analyzed for their ability to inhibit testosterone 6β-hydroxylation activity using human recombinant CYP3A4. Results were compared to that of grapefruit juice. Ethyl acetate extracts of the tomato juices moderately reduced residual activity of CYP3A4 testosterone 6β-hydroxylation activity by 19.3—26.2% with 0-min preincubation. Residual activity was strongly reduced by 69.9—83.5% at 20-min preincubation, a reduction similar to that of grapefruit juice extract, known to contain constituents of mechanism-based inhibitors. One juice extract (tomato juice C) showed irreversible dose- and preincubation time-dependent and partial nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-dependent inhibition of CYP3A4 activity. Furthermore, we examined whether the CYP3A4 inhibitory effect of tomato juice was substrate dependent by examining midazolam 1′-hydroxylation activity and nifedipine oxidation activity, in addition to testosterone 6β-hydroxylation activity. Tomato juice showed a potent inhibitory effect on nifedipine oxidation activity, which was comparable to that on testosterone 6β-hydroxylation activity; however, it showed a weak inhibitory effect on midazolam 1′-hydroxylation activity. We conclude that tomato juice contains one or more mechanism-based and competitive inhibitor(s) of CYP3A4. Additionally, significant CYP3A4 inhibitory activity did not result from lycopene, a major compound in tomato. Although the active compound was uncertain, a strong CYP3A4 inhibitory activity was observed in other solanaceous plants, i.e., potato, eggplant, sweet pepper, and capsicum. Therefore, responsible compounds in tomato are likely commonly shared among solanaceous vegetables.