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Effect of calcium ions and inhibitors on internal NAD(P)H dehydrogenases in plant mitochondria

  • A. G. Rasmusson
  • I. M. Moller
Publishing year: 1991
Language: English
Pages: 617-623
Publication/Series: European Journal of Biochemistry
Volume: 202
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

Both the external oxidation of NADH and NADPH in intact potato (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Bintje) tuber mitochondria and the rotenone-insensitive internal oxidation of NADPH by inside-out submitochondrial particles were dependent on Ca2+. The stimulation was not due to increased permeability of the inner mitochondrial membrane. Neither the membrane potential nor the latencies of NAD+-dependent and NADP+-dependent malate dehydrogenases were affected by the addition of Ca2+. The pH dependence and kinetics of Ca2+-dependent NADPH oxidation by inside-out submitochondrial particles were studied using three different electron acceptors: O2, duroquinone and ferricyanide. Ca2+ increased the activity with all acceptors with a maximum at neutral pH and an additional minor peak at pH 5.8 with O2 and duroquinone. Without Ca2+, the activity was maximal around pH 6. The K(m) for NADPH was decreased fourfold with ferricyanide and duroquinone, and twofold with O2 as acceptor, upon addition of Ca2+. The V(max) was not changed with ferricyanide as acceptor, but increased twofold with both duroquinone and O2. Half-maximal stimulation of the NADPH oxidation was found at 3 μM free Ca2+ with both O2 and duroquinone as acceptors. This is the first report of a membrane-bound enzyme inside the inner mitochondrial membrane which is directly dependent on micromolar concentrations of Ca2+. Mersalyl and dicumarol, two potent inhibitors of the external NADH dehydrogenase in plant mitochondria, were found to inhibit internal rotenone-insensitive NAD(P)H oxidation, at the same concentrations and in manners very similar to their effects on the external NAD(P)H oxidation.


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • ISSN: 0014-2956
Allan Rasmusson
E-mail: allan [dot] rasmusson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


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