Sulfotransferase catalyzing sulfation of heterocyclic amines

Y. Yamazoe, K. Nagata, K. Yoshinari, K. Fujita, T. Shiraga, K. Iwasaki

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Cytosolic sulfation of arylamines to form sulfamates is found to be mediated by sulfotransferases of three gene families (SULT1 to 3). Among them, a SULT3 form (ST3A1) showed a high selectivity for N-sulfation of N-substituted aryl and alicyclic compounds. SULT1 (phenol) and SULT2 (hydroxysteroid) sulfotransferases showed N-sulfating activities of carcinogenic heterocyclic amines. For N-hydroxyarylamine O-sulfation, SULT1 forms showed high activity. In rats, ST1C1 mediated the metabolic activation of N-hydroxyarylamines. However, the related form (ST1C2) in humans showed the negligible activity. Instead, ST1A3 showed high metabolic activating abilities among human sulfotransferases. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Sept 1


  • Detoxication
  • Metabolic activation
  • N-Hydroxyarylamine O-sulfation
  • N-Sulfation
  • Sulfotransferase gene family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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