PMID: 3089299Aug 6, 1986Paper

Biochemical studies on a 12-lipoxygenase in human uterine cervix

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
S FlatmanT F Slater


Human uterine cervix possesses a high 12-lipoxygenase activity; this enzyme has been isolated in a purified form from the squamous epithelial region of human cervix and its major properties have been investigated. Enzyme activity was present in all subcellular fractions obtained by centrifugation; the highest specific activity was associated with the microsome fraction (160,000 X g pellet). Purification of the enzyme was achieved by acetone precipitation, ion exchange chromatography on CM-cellulose and affinity chromatography on linoleyl-aminoethyl-Sepharose. The product from the incubation of sodium [1-14C]arachidonate with crude enzyme extracts co-chromatographed with authentic 12-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid, but the purified enzyme gave a product that behaved like the 12-hydroperoxy derivative. The enzyme had optimum activity at pH 6.5, a Km of 15 microM for arachidonic acid and was stimulated by ATP and Ca2+. Enzyme activity was inhibited by esculetin, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, eicosatetraynoic acid, detergents at concentrations greater than 0.1% (w/v) and preincubation of substrate with GSH and GSH peroxidase. The occurrence of a high 12-lipoxygenase activity is discussed in relation to the specific physiological functio...Continue Reading


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