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CYP enzymes: a large group of enzymes metabolising drugs and foreign compounds (xenobiotics). AH receptor activated by dioxins initiates the expression of many CYP enzymes, i.e. it causes enzyme induction. This is in essence an adaptive and beneficial response, although in some cases it may lead to synthesis of carcinogenic intermediates (see metabolism)[1]


  1. Jouko Tuomisto, Terttu Vartiainen, Jouni T. Tuomisto: Synopsis on dioxins and PCBs. Report / National Institute for Health and Welfare, ISSN 1798-0089 ; 14/2011 [1]