An improved photochemical method for the rapid spectrophotometric detection of superoxide dismutase
Author: Madon, P.S.
Source: Redox Report, Volume 6, Number 2, April 2001 , pp. 123-127(5)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:A sensitive and convenient method is described for estimating superoxide dismutase activity using a photochemical augmentation procedure. This method is applicable to both liquid assays and polyacrylamide gel electropherograms. The flux of superoxide is generated by illuminating a reaction mixture containing dianisidine and riboflavin by either a laser source or light from a fluorescent lamp. The oxidation of dianisidine, as sensitized by riboflavin, is enhanced by superoxide dismutase. The increase is linearly dependent on superoxide dismutase concentration. The photochemical reaction is allowed to proceed uninterrupted for a standardized optimum time and intensity of illumination and then terminated by addition of a buffer, ‘finibuf’, which stabilizes the chromophoric complex formed. This permits the spectrophotometric absorbance measurements of a number of samples collectively and also eliminates the interruption of illumination with the concomitant requirement of a spectrophotometer for constant recording of the absorbance. This method is of utility to both biochemists and clinicians.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Cell Biology Division, Bio-Medical Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India
Publication date: April 2001