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Peptide Oxidation leads to S-Glutathionylation, eNOS

Upstream event
The causing Key Event (KE) in a Key Event Relationship (KER). More help
Downstream event
The responding Key Event (KE) in a Key Event Relationship (KER). More help

Key Event Relationship Overview

The utility of AOPs for regulatory application is defined, to a large extent, by the confidence and precision with which they facilitate extrapolation of data measured at low levels of biological organisation to predicted outcomes at higher levels of organisation and the extent to which they can link biological effect measurements to their specific causes.Within the AOP framework, the predictive relationships that facilitate extrapolation are represented by the KERs. Consequently, the overall WoE for an AOP is a reflection in part, of the level of confidence in the underlying series of KERs it encompasses. Therefore, describing the KERs in an AOP involves assembling and organising the types of information and evidence that defines the scientific basis for inferring the probable change in, or state of, a downstream KE from the known or measured state of an upstream KE. More help

AOPs Referencing Relationship

AOP Name Adjacency Weight of Evidence Quantitative Understanding Point of Contact Author Status OECD Status
Peptide Oxidation Leading to Hypertension adjacent Moderate Low Frazer Lowe (send email) Not under active development Under Development

Taxonomic Applicability

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Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
rat Rattus norvegicus Moderate NCBI
human Homo sapiens High NCBI
mouse Mus musculus High NCBI
cow Bos taurus High NCBI

Sex Applicability

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Sex Evidence
Unspecific High

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
All life stages High

Key Event Relationship Description

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Oxidation of GSH results in the formation of a disulphide-bridged glutathione dimer (GSSG).  GSSG is either rapidly re-reduced back to GSH by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-dependent GSSG-reductases or extruded from the cell by adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent translocases. However, when these mechanisms become overwhelmed by high local oxidant concentrations, GSSG can interact with protein thiol groups to form protein-GSSG adducts, a process termed S-glutathionylation. Interestingly, glutathione disulfide-protein formation has been suggested to occur with a certain degree of specificity to cellular proteins, since protein thiol groups exhibit a considerable heterogeneity in terms of their individual pKa values and their location in protein structures (Schuppe et al. 1992).  The oxidation of GSH to GSSG elevates levels of GSSG, which then covalently bind to critical serine residues on endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS; Chen et al 2010, Du et al. 2013, De Pascali et al. 2014).

Evidence Collection Strategy

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Evidence Supporting this KER

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Biological Plausibility
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When antioxidant defence mechanisms become overwhelmed by high local oxidant concentrations, GSSG can interact with protein thiol groups to form protein-GSSG adducts, a process termed S-glutathionylation (Schuppe et al. 1992).

Hypoxia/reoxygenation-induced oxidative stress (associated with ischaemia-reperfusion injury) was shown to deplete GSH in bovine aortic endothelial cells, which led to S-glutathionylation of eNOS and eNOS uncoupling.  This phenomenon was partially reversible, in bovine aortic endothelial cells and rat aortic rings, by raising intracellular GSH levels upon administration of N-acetylcysteine (Chen et al. 2010, DePascali et al. 2014).

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
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Quantitative data for humans is very limited.

Known modulating factors

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Response-response Relationship
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Information regarding the approximate time-scale of the changes in KEdownstream relative to changes in KEupstream (i.e., do effects on KEdownstream lag those on KEupstream by seconds, minutes, hours, or days?). More help
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
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Domain of Applicability

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The above evidence demonstrates similar responses to stressors in cows, mice and humans.  A functional response using aortic rings was demonstrated in rats.


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Chen CA, Wang TY, Varadharaj, S et al. S-glutathionylation uncouples eNOS and regulates its cellular and vascular function. Nature (2010) 468: 1115–1118.

Chen CA, De Pascali F, Basye A et al. Redox modulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase by glutaredoxin-1 through reversible oxidative post-translational modification.  (2013)  Biochemistry. 52(38):6712-23

Dhar A, Dhar I, Desai KM et al.  Methylglyoxal scavengers attenuate endothelial dysfunction induced by methylglyoxal and high concentrations of glucose. (2010) Br. J. Pharmacol. 161: 1843–1856.

De Pascali F, Hemann C, Samons, K et al. Hypoxia and reoxygenation induce endothelial nitric oxide synthase uncoupling in endothelial cells through tetrahydrobiopterin depletion and S-glutathionylation. Biochemistry (2014). 53 : 3679–3688.

Du Y, Navab M, Shen M, et al.  Ambient ultrafine particles reduce endothelial nitric oxide production via S-glutathionylation of eNOS. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (2013) 436 : 462–466.

Peng H, Zhuang Y, Chen Y et al.  The Characteristics and Regulatory Mechanisms of Superoxide Generation from eNOS Reductase Domain.  (2015) PLoS One. 10(10):e0140365

Schuppe I, Moldéus P, and Cotgreave IA. Protein-specific S-thiolation in human endothelial cells during oxidative stress. (1992) Biochem. Pharmacol. 44: 1757–1764.

Wu F, Szczepaniak WS, Shiva S et al.  Nox2-dependent glutathionylation of endothelial NOS leads to uncoupled superoxide production and endothelial barrier dysfunction in acute lung injury.  (2014) Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 307(12):L987-97.