Clinical and Experimental Medicine

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 50–55 | Cite as

N-Acetyl cysteine, L-cysteine, and β-mercaptoethanol augment seleniumglutathione peroxidase activity in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenasedeficient human erythrocytes

  • Y. Alıcıgüzel
  • M. Aslan


In glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)-deficient erythrocytes, failure to maintain normal levels of reduced glutathione (GSH) due to decreased NADPH regeneration in the hexose monophosphate pathway results in acute hemolytic anemia following exposure to oxidative insults, such as ingestion of Vicia fava beans or use of certain drugs. GSH is a source of protection against oxidative attack, used by the selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase (Se-GSH-Px)/reductase (GR) system to detoxify hydrogen peroxide and organic peroxides, provided that sufficient GSH is made available. In this study, Se-GSH-Px activity was analyzed in G6PD-deficient patients in the presence of reducing agents such as N-Acetyl cysteine, L-cysteine, and β-mercaptoethanol. Se-GSH-Px activity was decreased in G6PD-deficient red blood cells (RBCs). N-Acetyl cysteine, L-cysteine, and β-mercaptoethanol increased Se-GSH-Px activity in G6PD-deficient human erythrocytes, indicating that other reducing agents can be utilized to complement Se-GSH-Px activity in G6PD deficiency. Based on the increased susceptibility of G6PD-deficient patients to oxidative stress, the reported increase in Se- GSH-Px activity can facilitate the detoxification of reactive oxygen species.

Key words

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase Seleniumglutathione peroxidase Glutathione 


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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryAkdeniz University, School of MedicineAntalyaTurkey

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