1. The activities of xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes were determined in hybrid cell lines (hepatocytoma, HPCT) which have been established by fusion of liver parenchymal cells from adult rat (PC) with cells from a Reuber hepatoma cell line (FAO). 2. Cytochrome P450 was not measurable spectrophotometrically in FAO and HPCT. P450-dependent conversion of testosterone was below the detection limit in FAO and only marginally present in HPCT. 3. Microsomal and cytosolic epoxide hydrolase, glutathione S-transferase and phenol sulphotranserase were low or even below detection limit in FAO. These enzyme activities were significantly higher in HPCT and correspond to about 1-10% the activities measured in PC. 4. 1-Naphthol UPD-glucuronosyl transferase activity was about 20% in FAO and about 100% in HPCT compared to PC. 5. Metabolic conversion of benzo[a]pyrene was low in FAO, high in PC, and intermediate in HPCT. The presented data, however, do not allow the conclusion whether this intermediate rate is catalyzed by similar P450 isoenzymes as in PC. 6. Due to the easily measurable phase II-metabolizing enzyme activities HPCT may, however, be useful for in vitro enzyme induction or repression studies.