The Redox State of Cytochromes as a New Tool to Assess the Thermodynamic State of Mitochondria

  • Siro Luvisetto
  • Ibolya Schmehl
  • Marcella Canton
  • Giovanni Felice Azzone

Abstract

In the present work we have followed the changes of the absorption spectra of mitochondrial suspensions during transitions from anaerobiosis to steady state and after addition of uncouplers. From these spectra we have selected proper wavelengths to follow the kinetics of the spectroscopic changes of the various cytochrome components of the redox chain. We focused our attention to a group of cytochromes, those of the cc1, providing a response similar in significance to that of the electrodes or of the dyes assessing the membrane potential.

Keywords

Sucrose Depression Titration Respiration Catalase 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Siro Luvisetto
    • 1
  • Ibolya Schmehl
    • 1
  • Marcella Canton
    • 1
  • Giovanni Felice Azzone
    • 1
  1. 1.C.N.R. Unit for Studies in Mitochondrial Physiology and Department of Experimental Biomedical SciencesUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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