The Journal of Physiological Sciences

, Volume 65, Issue 6, pp 555–559 | Cite as

Moderate dependence of reactive oxygen species production on membrane potential in avian muscle mitochondria oxidizing glycerol 3-phosphate

  • Motoi KikusatoEmail author
  • Masaaki Toyomizu
Short Communication


Mitochondria are a major source of reactive oxygen species production in cells, and the production level is sensitive to the magnitude of the membrane potential (ΔΨ). The present study investigated the level of superoxide production in mitochondria oxidizing glycerol 3-phosphate (GP) and its dependence on ΔΨ in isolated avian muscle mitochondria. The levels of superoxide produced in mitochondria oxidizing GP were lower than those obtained with succinate and were similar to those obtained with NADH-linked substrates (glutamate/malate/pyruvate). The dependence of superoxide production on ΔΨ in mitochondria oxidizing GP was lower than that of mitochondria oxidizing succinate, and a weak dependence of GP-supported superoxide production on ΔΨ was observed in the presence of NADH-linked substrates or succinate. These results suggest that the levels of superoxide generated in response to GP are quantitatively low, but they are unsusceptible to changes in ΔΨ in avian muscle mitochondria.


Mitochondrial glycerol 3-phosphate dehydrogenase Mitochondrial membrane potential Carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenyl hydrazine 



We thank Dr. C.H. Warden, University of California, Davis, for careful proofreading of this manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards


This work was supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI grant nos. 90613042 (M.K.) and 24380147 (M.T.).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Animal Nutrition, Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural ScienceTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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