Determination of molecular mass of the aroid alternative oxidase by radiation-inactivation analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The functional molecular mass of the cyanide-resistant salicylhydroxamate-sensitive duroquinol oxidase activity from Sympocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage) and Sauromatum guttatum spadix mitochondria was determined by radiation-inactivation analysis. The functional molecular mass for the oxidase activity was found to be 26,700 Da for skunk cabbage and 29,700 Da for Sauromatum guttatum mitochondria frozen at -70 degrees C. Irradiation of dried mitochondrial samples resulted in a larger target size of 38,000 Da, and in some cases, a stimulation of activity at low dose of radiation. The functional molecular mass of cytochrome c oxidase activity from skunk-cabbage and bovine heart mitochondria was also investigated. Dried and frozen mitochondrial samples from both species yielded similar target sizes, in the range 70,900-73,400 Da. Purified bovine heart cytochrome c oxidase was also irradiated, and yielded a functional molecular mass of 66,400 Da. The target size of cytochrome c oxidase agrees with literature values insofar as the target size is considerably smaller than the molecular mass of the entire complex.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Berthold, DA; Fluke, DJ; Siedow, JN

Published Date

  • May 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 252 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 73 - 77

PubMed ID

  • 2844151

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1149108

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1470-8728

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0264-6021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1042/bj2520073


  • eng