Chemical evidence for production of hydroxyl radicals during microsomal electron transfer

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Science  06 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4388, pp. 66-68
DOI: 10.1126/science.432627


Rat liver microsomes generate methane from dimethyl sulfoxide and ethylene from either methional or 2-keto-4-thiomethylbutyric acid during electron transfer initiated by reduced nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH). Hydrocarbon gas production is suppressed by hydroxyl radical scavenging agents. Azide, an inhibitor of catalase, augments the production of hydrocarbon gases. These observations constitute chemical evidence for the generation of hydroxyl radicals by microsomes.