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Keywords:

  • Nitroxides;
  • Electron paramagnetic resonance;
  • Free radicals;
  • Ferricyanide;
  • Antioxidants

Abstract

The prooxidative effects of 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO) were observed in human erythrocytes. Incubation of red blood cells with the membrane-permeable TEMPO leads to a decrease in the concentration of intracellular reduced glutathione, accompanied by the reduction of TEMPO. Extracellular ferricyanide inhibited the loss of glutathione and reduction of TEMPO. TEMPO induced glutathione release from the cells and oxidation of hemoglobin to methemoglobin; ferricyanide prevented these effects. These results indicate that TEMPO may act as an oxidant to erythrocytes, whilst extracellular ferricyanide protects against its effects.