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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Jan 4;1436(3):509-18.

Affinities of various mammalian arachidonate lipoxygenases and cyclooxygenases for molecular oxygen as substrate.

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Department of Biochemistry, Tokushima University School of Medicine, Japan.


In an attempt to study affinities for molecular oxygen of mammalian arachidonate oxygenases, which remain unclarified at present, we determined activities of platelet-type 12-lipoxygenase, leukocyte-type 12-lipoxygenase, 5-lipoxygenase, 15-lipoxygenase, cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 at various oxygen concentrations. Activities of all the tested enzymes were assessed by oxygenation of radioactive arachidonic acid under hypoxic conditions, and part of the enzymes were also assayed by monitoring oxygen consumption. Their Km values for oxygen ranged between 10 and 26 microM. These results should be considered in investigations of arachidonic acid metabolism in pathophysiological processes associated with hypoxia.

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