Feb 29, 2000

Direct observation of trapping and release of nitric oxide by glutathione and cysteine with electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

Biophysical Journal
F S SheuP C Fung


While the biosynthesis of nitric oxide (NO) is well established, one of the key issues that remains to be solved is whether NO participates in the biological responses right after generation through biosynthesis or there is a "secret passage" via which NO itself is trapped, transported, and released to exert its functions. It has been shown that NO reacts with thiol-containing biomolecules (RSH), like cysteine (Cys), glutathione (GSH), etc., to form S-nitrosothiols (RSNOs), which then release nitrogen compounds, including NO. The direct observation of trapping of NO and its release by RSNO has not been well documented, as most of the detection techniques measure the content of NO as well as nitrite and nitrate. Here we use spin-trapping electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique to measure NO content directly in the reaction time course of samples of GSH and Cys ( approximately mM) mixed with NO ( approximately microM) in the presence of metal ion chelator, which pertains to physiological conditions. We demonstrate that NO is readily trapped by these thiols in less than 10 min and approximately 70-90% is released afterward. These data imply that approximately 10-30% of the reaction product of NO does not exist in the free ...Continue Reading

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