Rahman I, Kode A, Biswas SKAssay for quantitative determination of glutathione and glutathione disulfide levels using enzymatic recycling method. Nat Protoc 1: 3159-3165

Department of Environmental Medicine, Lung Biology and Disease Program, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA.
Nature Protocol (Impact Factor: 9.67). 02/2006; 1(6):3159-65. DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2006.378
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The spectrophotometric/microplate reader assay method for glutathione (GSH) involves oxidation of GSH by the sulfhydryl reagent 5,5'-dithio-bis(2-nitrobenzoic acid) (DTNB) to form the yellow derivative 5'-thio-2-nitrobenzoic acid (TNB), measurable at 412 nm. The glutathione disulfide (GSSG) formed can be recycled to GSH by glutathione reductase in the presence of NADPH. The assay is composed of two parts: the preparation of cell cytosolic/tissue extracts and the detection of total glutathione (GSH and GSSG). The method is simple, convenient, sensitive and accurate. The lowest detection for GSH and GSSG is 0.103 nM in a 96-well plate. This method is rapid and the whole procedure takes no longer than 15 min including reagent preparation. The method can assay GSH in whole blood, plasma, serum, lung lavage fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, tissues and cell extracts and can be extended for drug discovery/pharmacology and toxicology protocols to study the effects of drugs and toxic compounds on glutathione metabolism.

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    • "Reduced (GSH) and oxidized (GSSG) content were spectrophotometrically determined by monitoring the formation of TNB for 10 min at 415 nm[31]. Briefly, 20 µL of cell extract was added to a reaction mixture (0.84 mM DTNB, 0.28 mM NADPH, 5 mM EDTA, in 100 mM phosphate buffer pH 7.5. "
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    • "Reduced glutathione (GSH) cytosolic content was determined according toRahman et al. (2006), using reduced glutathione as standard. Absorbance was read at 412 nm and GSH expressed in μmol per g of FW. "
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    • "The GSH recycling assay was performed according to a protocol by Rahman et al. (2006): The protein precipitation of subcellular fractions was carried out with 5 % mphosphoric acid. After 10 min of incubation at 4 °C, the samples were centrifuged at 12,000 g and 4 °C for 10 min. "
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