PMID: 2862919Aug 30, 1985Paper

Characterization of normal, glutathione-deficient and arginase-deficient sheep erythrocytes by 1H-NMR spectroscopy

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
D L RabensteinE M Tucker


Normal sheep erythrocytes as well as glutathione- (GSH-) deficient and arginase-deficient sheep erythrocytes have been characterized by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The GSH deficiency is a result of defective amino acid transport (lesion 1), diminished gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase activity (lesion 2), or both (lesions (1 + 2)). 1H-NMR spectra of normal sheep erythrocytes are similar to those for human erythrocytes, and consist of resonances from a number of small intracellular molecules, including GSH. In contrast, the resonances for GSH in the GSH-deficient erythrocytes are much weaker, and strong resonances are observed for lysine, threonine and ornithine or arginine, depending on the arginase activity, in erythrocytes with lesion 1 and lesions (1 + 2). A comparison of the intensity of GSH resonances in spectra for normal and GSH-deficient erythrocytes with GSH levels determined spectrophotometrically following reaction with the nonspecific thiol reagent 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoate) (DTNB) indicates that either not all of the GSH determined with Ellman's reagent is free and observable by 1H-NMR or that not all of the thiol determined by Ellman's reagent is GSH. If the latter is the case, the GSH levels ...Continue Reading


Oct 1, 1977·FEBS Letters·F F BrownD C Rabenstein

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