Several enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and D-glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase are capable of scavenging reactive oxygen species in in vivo. We assessed both basal levels and the capacity of these enzyme activities to be induced in human leukocytes in response to a variety of agents. Basal activity of copper-zinc SOD, and manganese SOD showed little variation with age. In contrast, the basal activity of the three H2O2 scavenging enzymes, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and D-glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, was significantly higher in younger adults than in elderly individuals. Both manganese SOD and copper, zinc SOD activities were significantly induced by paraquat, interleukin-1, tumor necrosis factor, adriamycin, and bleomycin in lymphocytes and neutrophils from asymptomatic non-aged adults, whereas neither activity was induced in aged individuals. In contrast, glutathione peroxidase activity was significantly induced in both groups of subjects, whereas catalase and D- glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase were only slightly induced in either. Enzyme induction with paraquat, adriamycin, or bleomycin was inhibitable by neutralizing antibody to interleukin-1 and tumor necrosis factor, suggesting that the inductions observed with these three drugs are due to the distal mediators, interleukin-1 or tumor necrosis factor released from the cells. Finally, as observed in the regulation of genes in eukaryotes (Storz et al: Bacterial defenses against oxidative stress. Trends Genetics 1990. 6:363- 368, ref. 1) O2/- and H2O2 seem to differ in the rate of change with age in both basal levels and inducibility under oxygen stress.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||American Journal of Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine