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Physiol Res. 2007;56(1):137-40.

Inhibitory effect of t-butyl hydroperoxide on mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation in isolated rat hepatocytes.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.


Using high-resolution oxygraphy, we tested the changes of various parameters characterizing the mitochondrial energy provision system that were induced by peroxidative damage. In the presence of succinate as respiratory substrate, 3 mM t-butyl hydroperoxide increased respiration in the absence of ADP, which indicated partial uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation. Low activity of coupled respiration was still maintained as indicated by the ADP-activated and oligomycin-inhibited respiration. However, during the incubation the phosphorylative capacity decreased as indicated by the continuous decrease of the mitochondrial membrane potential. Under these experimental conditions the maximum capacity of the succinate oxidase system was inhibited by 50% in comparison with values obtained in the absence of t-butyl hydroperoxide. Our data thus indicate that the oxygraphic evaluation of mitochondrial function represents a useful tool for evaluation of changes participating in peroxidative damage of cell energy metabolism.

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