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FEBS Lett. 1983 May 2;155(1):19-24.

Effect of electron transfer inhibitors on superoxide generation in the cytochrome bc1 site of the mitochondrial respiratory chain.


Antimycin, 2-nonyl-4-hydroxyquinoline N-oxide and funiculosin induce O.2(-) generation by submitochondrial particles oxidizing succinate, whereas KCN, mucidin, myxothiazol or 2,3-dimercaptopropanol inhibit O.2(-) generation. Thenoyltrifluoroacetone does not induce superoxide production by itself but slightly stimulates the reaction initiated by antimycin. The results indicate that auto-oxidation of unstable ubisemiquinone formed in centre o of the Q-cycle generates most of the O.2(-) radicals in the cytochrome bc1-site of the mitochondrial respiratory chain.

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