Pulmonary Endothelial Surface Redox Activity: Roles in Propagation of and Protection from Injury

  • Marilyn P. Merker
  • Robert D. Bongard
  • Christopher A. Dawson
Part of the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Critical Care Medicine book series (MCCM, volume 1)


Endothelial cells, like other cells, have endogenous enzymatic sources of reactive oxygen (ROS) species (e.g., superoxide, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxyl radical) and nitrogen species (e.g., nitric oxide, peroxynitrite) generated from the mitochondrial electron transport chain, nitric oxide synthases, xanthine dehydrogenase/xanthine oxidase, NAD(P)H oxidases, cytochrome P450 enzymes, and the enzymes of arachadonic acid metabolism, lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase (1). The ROS generated in these reactions can be important in host defense and in signal transduction, but their generation can also be self-destructive (2, 3). Their respective roles in propagation of pulmonary endothelial and lung injury have been evaluated extensively (4, 5, 6, 7). Similarly, roles for antioxidant enzyme systems such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and heme oxygenase, and for low molecular weight oxidant scavengers, such as glutathione, urate, and ascorbate, in protecting the endothelium and lung from injury are well established (8, 9, 10, 11).


NADPH Oxidase Xanthine Oxidase Xanthine Dehydrogenase Pulmonary Endothelial Cell Antioxid Redox Signal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn P. Merker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert D. Bongard
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christopher A. Dawson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Medical College of WisconsinMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Veteran’s Administration Medical CenterMilwaukeeUSA

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