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Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Feb 15;46(4):454-61. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2008.10.046. Epub 2008 Nov 7.

Immuno-spin trapping of a post-translational carboxypeptidase B1 radical formed by a dual role of xanthine oxidase and endothelial nitric oxide synthase in acute septic mice.

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Free Radical Metabolites Group, Laboratory of Pharmacology, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, USA.


Post-translational modification of proteins due to exposure to radicals and other reactive species are markers of metabolic and inflammatory oxidative stress such as sepsis. This study uses the nitrone spin-trap DMPO and a combination of immuno-spin trapping and mass spectrometry to identify in vivo products of radical reactions in mice. We report the detection of dose-dependent production of DMPO-carboxypeptidase B1 (CPB1) adducts in the spleens of mice treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Additionally, we report significant detection of DMPO-CPB1 adducts in mice experiencing normal physiological conditions. Treatments with inhibitors and experiments with knock-out mice indicate that xanthine oxidase and endothelial nitric oxide synthase are important sources of the reactive species that lead to CPB1 adduct formation. We also report a significant loss of CPB1 activity following LPS challenge in conjunction with an increase in CPB1 protein accumulation. This suggests the presence of a possible mechanism for CPB1 activity loss with compensatory protein production.

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