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FEBS Lett. 2002 Mar 27;515(1-3):20-4.

Arabidopsis glutathione-dependent formaldehyde dehydrogenase is an S-nitrosoglutathione reductase.

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  • 1Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, 739-8526, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan.


S-Nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), an adduct of nitric oxide (NO) with glutathione, is known as a biological NO reservoir. Heterologous expression in Escherichia coli of a cDNA encoding a glutathione-dependent formaldehyde dehydrogenase of Arabidopsis thaliana showed that the recombinant protein reduces GSNO. The identity of the cDNA was further confirmed by functional complementation of the hypersensitivity to GSNO of a yeast mutant with impaired GSNO metabolism. This is the first demonstration of a plant GSNO reductase, suggesting that plants possess the enzymatic pathway that modulates the bioactivity and toxicity of NO.

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