Electrochemical oxidation of selenocystine and selenomethionine.
ABSTRACT Electrochemical oxidation of selenocystine (SeCys) and selenomethionine (SeMet), on a gold electrode was studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV), rotating disk electrode technique (RDE) and chronocoulometry (CC). In 0.2 mol/L HAc-NaAc (pH=3.90) supporting electrolyte, anodic peak I potential of SeCys and SeMet was 810 mV and 638 mV, respectively, and this electrode process was diffused controlled. The electrochemical oxidation process of SeCys, in which six electron-transfers were involved, yielded selenocystine selenoxide. The electrochemical oxidation process of SeMet, in which two electron-transfers were involved, yielded selemethionine selenoxide.
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ABSTRACT: Selenium-containing compounds play an important role in antioxidant defense systems, binding to toxic metals, preventing their uptake into cells, and thus protecting cells from metal-induced formation of reactive oxygen species. Here, we present a proposal for a relatively new method as a complement to the more usual methods used in selenium studies. A systematic study of the metal-binding properties of selenocystine (SeCyst) in the presence of divalent metal cations (Cd, Co, Hg, Ni, and Zn) is reported. Isothermal titration calorimetry provides thermodynamic parameters of the systems. Titrations produced curves that could be fit reasonably well to the one set of sites model. The data clearly demonstrate that one M(2+) binds one SeCyst molecule, and the stable M(SeCyst) complex is formed under these conditions. The order of the SeCyst binding constant for the metal ions is Hg(2+) > Cd(2+) ~ Zn(2+) > Ni(2+)> Co(2+). Cadmium ion was selected as a modulator for the behavior of SeCyst in the presence of a nonessential metal, and zinc was selected for the case of an essential element. These interactions of SeCyst with Cd(2+) and Zn(2+), either individually or combined, were studied in aqueous buffered solutions at physiological pH by differential pulse polarography and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Furthermore, recently developed chemometric tools were applied to differential pulse polarography data obtained in mixtures of SeCyst and glutathione in the presence of Cd(2+) at physiological pH.European Journal of Biochemistry 02/2012; 17(2):321-9. · 3.42 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Copper and iron are two widely studied transition metals associated with hydroxyl radical (˙OH) generation, oxidative damage, and disease development. Because antioxidants ameliorate metal-mediated DNA damage, DNA gel electrophoresis assays were used to quantify the ability of ten selenium-containing compounds to inhibit metal-mediated DNA damage by hydroxyl radical. In the Cu(I)/H(2)O(2) system, selenocystine, selenomethionine, and methyl-selenocysteine inhibit DNA damage with IC(50) values ranging from 3.34 to 25.1 μM. Four selenium compounds also prevent DNA damage from Fe(II) and H(2)O(2). Additional gel electrophoresis experiments indicate that Cu(I) or Fe(II) coordination is responsible for the selenium antioxidant activity. Mass spectrometry studies show that a 1 : 1 stoichiometry is the most common for iron and copper complexes of the tested compounds, even if no antioxidant activity is observed, suggesting that metal coordination is necessary but not sufficient for selenium antioxidant activity. A majority of the selenium compounds are electroactive, regardless of antioxidant activity, and the glutathione peroxidase activities of the selenium compounds show no correlation to DNA damage inhibition. Thus, metal binding is a primary mechanism of selenium antioxidant activity, and both the chemical functionality of the selenium compound and the metal ion generating damaging hydroxyl radical significantly affect selenium antioxidant behavior.Metallomics 02/2011; 3(5):503-12. · 4.10 Impact Factor