In this study, CYP2B-immunoreactive protein was purified to electrophoretic homogeneity from the liver microsomes of leaping mullet. The purified cytochrome P450 (CYP) gave a single band on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis having a M, of 49,300 Da. Absolute absorption spectrum of the purified CYP showed a maximum at 417 nm and CO-difference spectrum of dithionite-reduced cytochrome P450 gave a peak at 450 nm. The purified CYP was found to be active in N-demethylation of benzphetamine, erythromycin, and ethylmorphine, and O-dealkylation of pentoxyresorufin in the reconstituted system. However, it was unable to catalyze O-dealkylation of ethoxyresorufin, methoxyresorufin, benzyloxyresorufin, and hydroxylation of lauric acid and aniline. The purified CYP showed strong cross-reactivity with anti-sheep lung CYP2B, a homologue of CYP2B4. N-terminal amino acid sequence of the mullet P450 had the highest degree of homology with CYP2Bs among the known CYPs. Spectral, electrophoretic, immunochemical, N-terminal amino acid sequence, and biocatalytic properties of the purified CYP are most similar to those of mammalian cytochrome P4502B. All these data indicate that the purified CYP is certainly 2B-like. In this study, we not only purified biocatalytically active CYP2B-like protein from fish, but also demonstrated detailed functional properties of CYP2B-like protein for the first time. (C) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.