Inactivation of glutathione peroxidase by superoxide radical

Janice Blum, Irwin Fridovich

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Abstract

The selenium-containing glutathione peroxidase, when in its active reduced form, was inactivated during exposure to the xanthine oxidase reaction. Superoxide dismutase completely prevented this inactivation, whereas catalase, hydroxyl radical scavengers, or chelators did not, indicating that {A figure is presented} was the responsible agent. Conversion of GSH peroxidase to its oxidized form, by exposure to hydroperoxides, rendered it insensitive toward {A figure is presented}. The oxidized enzyme regained susceptibility toward inactivation by {A figure is presented} when reduced with GSH. The inactivation by {A figure is presented} could be reversed by GSH; however, sequential exposure to {A figure is presented} and then hydroperoxides caused irreversible inactivation. Reactivity toward CN- has been used as a measure of the oxidized form of GSH peroxidase, whereas reactivity toward iodoacetate has been taken as an indicator of the reduced form. By these criteria both {A figure is presented} and hydroperoxides convert the reduced form to oxidized forms. A mechanism involving oxidation of the selenocysteine residue at the active site has been proposed to account for these observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-508
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Volume240
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Glutathione Peroxidase
Superoxides
Hydrogen Peroxide
Peroxidase
Selenocysteine
Iodoacetates
Xanthine Oxidase
Chelating Agents
Selenium
Hydroxyl Radical
Catalase
Superoxide Dismutase
Catalytic Domain
Oxidation
Enzymes

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  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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Inactivation of glutathione peroxidase by superoxide radical. / Blum, Janice; Fridovich, Irwin.

In: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Vol. 240, No. 2, 01.08.1985, p. 500-508.

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