Production of Reactive Oxygen Species by Complex I (NADH:Ubiquinone Oxidoreductase) from Escherichia coli and Comparison to the Enzyme from Mitochondria †

Medical Research Council Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, Wellcome Trust/MRC Building, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0XY, United Kingdom.
Biochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.02). 04/2008; 47(12):3964-71. DOI: 10.1021/bi702243b
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The generation of reactive oxygen species by mitochondrial complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase) is considered a significant cause of cellular oxidative stress, linked to neuromuscular diseases and aging. Defining its mechanism is important for the formulation of causative connections between complex I defects and pathological effects. Oxygen is probably reduced at two sites in complex I, one associated with NADH oxidation in the mitochondrial matrix and the other associated with ubiquinone reduction in the membrane. Here, we study complex I from Escherichia coli, exploiting similarities and differences in the bacterial and mitochondrial enzymes to extend our knowledge of O2 reduction at the active site for NADH oxidation. E. coli and bovine complex I reduce O2 at essentially the same rate, with the same potential dependence (set by the NAD (+)/NADH ratio), showing that the rate-determining step is conserved. The potential dependent rate of H2O2 production does not correlate to the potential of the distal [2Fe-2S] cluster N1a in E. coli complex I, excluding it as the point of O2 reduction. Therefore, our results confirm previous proposals that O2 reacts with the fully reduced flavin mononucleotide. Assays for superoxide production by E. coli complex I were prone to artifacts, but dihydroethidium reduction showed that, upon reducing O2, it produces approximately 20% superoxide and 80% H2O2. In contrast, bovine complex I produces 95% superoxide. The results are consistent with (but do not prove) a specific role for cluster N1a in determining the outcome of O2 reduction; possible reaction mechanisms are discussed.

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    • "Although this apparent bifurcation was taken to support the previous suggestion that N1a plays a role in minimizing/preventing reactive oxygen species production by the flavin [42], the same bifurcation does not occur in the mitochondrial enzyme because cluster N1a cannot be reduced by NADH [33] (see Figure 2). Even in the E. coli enzyme there is no data to support shuttling of electrons between the flavin and cluster N1a to prevent flavin radical formation [43] and furthermore, decreasing the reduction potential of the cluster in E. coli so that it cannot be reduced by NADH had no effect on reactive oxygen species production [13]. It is interesting to note that in fumarate reductase the fully reduced flavin produces either H 2 O 2 or superoxide depending on the oxidation state of a proximal [2Fe-2S] cluster [44]. "
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    • "Some argue that the FMN is the sole source of ROS generation via the fully reduced FMN [6] [7]. And of the ROS produced, a vast majority is superoxide for the mammalian protein [8]. Others contend either the Fe–S cluster N2 or a semiquinone (SQ) bound to the Q reductase site is responsible for the majority of ROS generation [9] [10] [11]. "

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