Research Article

Hepatic drug acetylation and oxidation: effects of aging in man.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 16 July 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:155
  1. F Farah,
  2. W Taylor,
  3. M D Rawlins,
  4. O James


    The half lives of acetanilide and isoniazid ("model" substrates for oxidation and acetylation respectively) were measured in populations of young (aged 20-35 years) and elderly (aged over 65 years) people. Whereas acetanilide half lives were significantly longer in the elderly, isoniazid half lives were distributed similarly in both populations. The results suggest that liver function does not decline uniformly with age and that heterozygotes for acetylation do not possess survival advantages during their middle years of life.