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J Bioenerg Biomembr. 2006 Feb;38(1):23-32.

Proton leak induced by reactive oxygen species produced during in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria.

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Laboratory of Bioenergetics, Oxygen Biochemistry Centre, University of Liege, Sart Tilman B6c, 4000 Liege, Belgium.


Superoxide anion generation and the impairment of oxidative phosphorylation yield were studied in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria submitted to anoxia/reoxygenation in vitro. Production of superoxide anion was detected after several cycles of anoxia/reoxygenation. Concomitantly, a decrease of state 3 respiration and phosphorylation yield (ADP/O) were observed. The latter resulted from a proton leak. The presence of palmitic acid during anoxia/reoxygenation cycles led to a dose-dependent inhibition of superoxide anion production together with a partial protection of the ADP/O ratio measured after anoxia/reoxygenation. The ADP/O decrease was shown to be due to a permeability transition pore-sustained proton leak, as it was suppressed by cyclosporine A. The permeability transition pore activation was induced during anoxia/reoxygenation by superoxide anion, as it was cancelled by the spin trap (POBN), which scavenges superoxide anion and by palmitic acid, which induces mitochondrial uncoupling. It can be proposed that the palmitic acid-induced proton leak cancels the production of superoxide anion by mitochondria during anoxia/reoxygenation and therefore prevents the occurrence of the superoxide anion-induced permeability transition pore-mediated proton leak after anoxia/reoxygenation.

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