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Redox Regulation and Trapping Sulphenic Acid in the Peroxide Sensitive Human Mitochondrial Branched Chain Aminotransferase

Hutson, S.M., Poole, L.B., Coles, Steven ORCID: and Conway, M.E. (2009) Redox Regulation and Trapping Sulphenic Acid in the Peroxide Sensitive Human Mitochondrial Branched Chain Aminotransferase. In: Redox-Mediated Signal Transduction: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology . Humana Press, New York, pp. 135-148. ISBN Hardback: 978-1-58829-842-3 Paperback: 978-1-61737-802-7

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The human branched chain aminotransferase enzymes are key regulators of glutamate metabolism in the brain and are among a growing number of redox-sensitive proteins. Studies that use thiol-specific reagents and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry demonstrate that the mitochondrial BCAT enzyme has a redox-active CXXC center, which on oxidation forms a disulfide bond (RSSR), via a cysteine sulfenic acid intermediate. Mechanistic details of this redox regulation were revealed by the use of mass spectrometry and dimedone modification. We discovered that the thiol group at position C315 of the CXXC motif acts a redox sensor, whereas the thiol group at position C318 permits reversible regulation by forming an intrasubunit disulphide bond. Because of their roles in redox regulation and catalysis, there is a growing interest in cysteine sulphenic acids. Therefore, development of chemical tags/methods to trap these transient intermediates is of immense importance.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: energetics, cellular activity, redox regulation, cellular function, cell biology, cysteine sulphuric acids, Aminotransferase
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Steven Coles
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 09:17
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:19

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