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Biochem J. 1988 Oct 15;255(2):513-22.

Vitamin E analogue Trolox C. E.s.r. and pulse-radiolysis studies of free-radical reactions.

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Department of Biochemistry, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, U.K.


The reactions between Trolox C, a water-soluble vitamin E analogue, and several oxidizing free radicals including the hydroxyl radical and various peroxy radicals were examined by using the pulse-radiolysis technique. The results demonstrate that Trolox C may undergo rapid one-electron-transfer reactions as well as hydrogen-transfer processes; the resulting phenoxyl radical is shown to be relatively stable, in common with the phenoxyl radical derived from vitamin E. The reactions between the Trolox C phenoxyl radical and a variety of biologically relevant reducing compounds were examined by using both pulse radiolysis and e.s.r. The results demonstrate that the Trolox C phenoxyl radical is readily repaired by ascorbate (k = 8.3 x 10(6) dm3.mol-1.s-1) and certain thiols (k less than 10(5) dm3.mol-1.s-1) but not by urate, NADH or propyl gallate. Evidence from e.s.r. studies indicates that thiol-containing compounds may also enter into similar repair reactions with the alpha-tocopherol phenoxyl radical. Kinetic evidence is presented that suggests that Trolox C may 'repair' proteins that have been oxidized by free radicals.

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