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Eur J Biochem. 1993 Feb 15;212(1):101-5.

The formation of methylglyoxal from triose phosphates. Investigation using a specific assay for methylglyoxal.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, University of Essex, Colchester, England.

Abstract

In Krebs-Ringer phosphate buffer, the rate of formation of methylglyoxal from glycerone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate was first order with respect to the triose phosphate with rates constant values of 1.94 +/- 0.02 x 10(-5) s-1 (n = 18) and 1.54 +/- 0.02 x 10(-4) s-1 (n = 18) at 37 degrees C, respectively. The rate of formation of methylglyoxal from glycerone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate in the presence of red blood cell lysate was not significantly different from the non-enzymatic value (P > 0.05). Methylglyoxal formation from glycerone phosphate was increased in the presence of triose phosphate isomerase but this may be due to the faster non-enzymatic formation from the glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate isomerisation product. For red blood cells in vitro, the predicted non-enzymatic rate of formation of methylglyoxal from glycerone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate may account for the metabolic flux through the glyoxalase system. The reactivity of glycerone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate towards the non-enzymatic formation of methylglyoxal under physiological conditions suggests that methylglyoxal formation is unavoidable from the Embden-Meyerhof pathway.

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