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Arch Biochem Biophys. 1989 Aug 15;273(1):148-57.

Regulation of alternative pathway activity in plant mitochondria: nonlinear relationship between electron flux and the redox poise of the quinone pool.

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Department of Botany, University of Adelaide, South Australia.


The dependence of respiratory flux via the alternative pathway on the redox poise of the ubiquinone (Q) pool was investigated in soybean cotyledon mitochondria. A marked nonlinear relationship was observed between Q-pool reduction level and O2 uptake via the alternative oxidase. Significant engagement of the alternative pathway was not apparent until Q-pool reduction level reached 35-40% but increased disproportionately on further reduction. Similar results were obtained with electron donation from either Complex 1 or Complex 2. Close agreement was obtained over a range of experimental conditions between the estimated contribution of the alternative pathway to total respiratory flux, as measured with salicylhydroxamic acid, and that predicted from the redox poise of the Q-pool. These results are discussed in terms of existing models of the regulation of respiratory flux via the alternative pathway.

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