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Gossypol Inhibits Electron Transport and Stimulates ROS Generation in Yarrowia lipolytica Mitochondria

Anna Yu Arinbasarova, Alexander G Medentsev, Vladimir I Krupyanko*
G.K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, 142290, Pushchino, Moscow Region, Pr. Nauki 5, Russia


This work studied the effect of gossypol on the mitochondrial respiratory chain of Yarrowia lipolytica. The compound was shown to inhibit mitochondrial electron transfer and stimulate generation of reactive oxygen species. The inhibition kinetics in oxidation of various substrates (NADH, succinate, α-glycerophosphate and pyruvate + malate) by isolated mitochondria was investigated. Analysis of the kinetic parameters showed gossypol to inhibit two fragments of the mitochondrial electron transfer chain: a) between coenzyme Q and cytochrome b with KIIIi of 118.3 μM (inhibition by the noncompetitive type), and b) at the level of exogenous NADH dehydrogenase with of KIi 17.2 μM (inhibition by the mixed type).

Keywords: Gossypol, ROS production, Kinetics of inhibition, Mitochondria, Yarrowia lipolytica.

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Year: 2012
Volume: 6
First Page: 11
Last Page: 15
Publisher Id: TOBIOCJ-6-11
DOI: 10.2174/1874091X01206010011

Article History:

Received Date: 26/8/2011
Revision Received Date: 11/1/2012
Acceptance Date: 19/1/2012
Electronic publication date: 19/3/2012
Collection year: 2012

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