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Free Radic Biol Med. 1996;21(5):699-701.

Glycosylation enhances malondialdehyde binding to proteins.

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St Louis V.A. Medical Center, Missouri, USA.

Abstract

To determine whether glycosylation of proteins increases their susceptibility to modification with malondialdehyde (MDA), bovine serum albumin, which was pretreated with 500 mg/dl dextrose at 37 degrees C for 0, 1, 2, and 4 weeks, were incubated with 100 mM MDA at 37 degrees C for 24 h. The MDA content of the protein samples were determined after dialysis using thiobarbituric acid (TBA) assay. In addition, a specific anti-MDA protein antiserum was used to demonstrate MDA proteins with immunoblotting technique. The MDA content of BSA preincubated with dextrose for 4 weeks and reincubated with MDA (0.0649 +/- 0.0019 microgram MDA/mg protein) was significantly higher (p < .001) than the MDA content of BSA preincubated with dextrose for only one (0.0227 +/- 0.0031 microgram/mg) or two (0.0347 +/- 0.0034 microgram/mg) weeks or the MDA content of nonglysolated BSA incubated with MDA at the same experimental conditions (0.0201 +/- 0.0029 microgram/mg). These differences could also be found in the immunoblots. However, the correlation of TBA assay with the estimates on immunoblots was poor. It is likely that the immunoblotting assay is more of an estimate of the number of BSA molecules modified with MDA, rather than MDA content of each BSA molecule. It is concluded that in vitro glycosylation of proteins increases their susceptibility to MDA-modification. This may well be an additional pathway of diabetes-related modification of proteins.

PMID:
8891672
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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