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Glutathione level of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ІМV K-6 under the influence of heavy metal salts

I. V. Kushkevych, S. O. Hnatush, H. V. Mutenko

Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Ukraine;
e-mail: Ivan_Kushkevych@ukr.net

Glutathione is the metal stress protector and changes of its level in the sulfate-reducing bacteria cells under the influence of heavy metal salts have not been studied yet. CdCl2, Pb(NO3)2, CuCl2, and ZnCl2 influence on the total glutathione level in cell-free extracts of sulfate-reducing bacteria Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ІМV K-6 was studied. The research has been carried out using Ellman, Lowry methods, statistical processing of the results. It was shown that the glutathione level depends on the heavy metal salts concentration in the medium. The total glutathione level was the highest under the influence of Pb(NO3)2. Other salts were also toxic to bacteria because glutathione level increased in bacterial cells after addition of these salts to the medium. On the basis of the results of our work the range of heavy metal salts influence on D. desulfuricans ІМV K-6 cells glutathione level has been formed for the first time: Pb(NO3)2 > CuCl2 > CdCl2 > ZnCl2.

Metal-binding functions and antioxidant properties in human thyroid gland under iodine deficient nodular colloidal goiter

H. I. Falfushynska1, L. L. Gnatyshyna1, D. V. Osadchuk2, V. O. Shidlovski2, О. B. Stoliar1

1Volodymyr Hnatiuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Ukraine;
2Horbachevski Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine;
e-mail: halynka.f@gmail.com

Copper and zinc levels in the tissue of thyroid gland (TG) and their metal-binding proteins metallothioneins (MT) as well as state of the antioxidant system in persons that had no thyroid disease and patients with endemic iodine deficiency nodular colloidal goiter has been investigated. In the patients with thyroid disease, oxidative damage was indicated despite elevated levels of MT-SH and glutathione, and elevated copper and decreased zinc concentration in TG tissue. MTs partly bound the excess of copper but its concentration in the unbound to MT form was two-fold compared to the control value.

Metal-binding capacity of metallothioneins of the liver of rats poisoned with heavy metals

B. O. Tsudzevich, I. V. Kalinin

Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Ukraine;
е-mail: ikalin@rambler.ru

The functioning of metallothioneins in the liver of rats, poisoned with copper sulfate and cadmium sulfate has been investigated. By sequential chromatography on sephadex G-50 and DEAE-cellulose the authors obtained metallothioneins (MT-1, MT-1A, MT-2, MT-2a), which differ in molecular weight and composition of associated metals. Heavy metal poisoning leads to activation of synthesis and metal-binding function of metallothioneins, as well as to changes in the composition of their isoforms.

Manifestations of oxidative stress and molecular damages in ovarian cancer tissue

H. I. Falfushynska1,2, L. L. Gnatyshyna1,2, H. V. Deneha1, O. Y. Osadchuk1, O. B. Stoliar1

1Volodymyr Hnatiuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Ukraine;
e-mail: halynka.f@gmail.com;
2I.Ya. Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine

Indices of oxidative stress are recognized molecular markers and prognostic criteria for malignant transformation of tissue, but their value depends on the type of tumor and the stage of its development. The goal of this study was to clarify the relationship between the characteristics of the oxidative stress system including­ metal-associated ones and the cytotoxicity manifestations in neoplastically transformed human ovarian tissue. The highest level of Mn-superoxide dismutase activity (by 630%) and metallothionein protein (MT, 100%) has been estimated for the first time in malignant ovarian tissue compared to normal ovarian tissue. The researchers have also found a much higher level of oxy-radical formation (by 332%), a lower activity of catalase (by 49%) and a lower level of reduced glutathione (by 46%) and its redox index (0.84 versus 0.89 in the control) in tumor tissue. Under the relatively stable content of zinc, copper and cadmium in MTs, the content of zinc and especially copper in a form non-binding with MTs was significantly lower in the malignant tissue compared to normal one while the content of cadmium was higher. A discriminant analysis of all definable parameters revealed that the higher content of the products of oxidative destruction of proteins, lipids, fragmented DNA and the activity of cathepsin D, especially in its free form (by 235%), are the main characteristic signs of malignant ovarian tissue.

Trace elements storage peculiarities and metallothionein content in human thyroid gland under iodine deficiency euthyroid nodular goiter

H. I. Falfushynska1,2, L. L. Gnatyshyna1, O. Osadchuk2, V. O. Shidlovski2, О. B. Stoliar1

1Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University, Ukraine;
2I.Ya. Horbachevski Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine;
e-mail: halynka.f@gmail.com

Accumulation of iodine and copper in the node, paranodular and contralateral (not affected tissue by node) tissues of thyroid gland in relation to the level of metal-binding proteins, potential antioxidants and oxidative changes in tissue was investigated. To assess the severity of the pathological process the molecular markers of cytotoxicity were used. The reduction of total iodine (by 19.5%), increase of inorganic iodine fraction (by 82.4%) and total copper content (twice) in paranodular and nodular tissues compared with contrlateral part have been established. Excess of copper in goitrous-changes tissue was partially accumulated in the metallothioneins. The level of metal-binding form of metallothioneins and reserve of free thiols of these proteins was higher two-three times and lower content of reduced glutathione in node-affected tissue compared to the contralateral part. Signs of cytotoxicity among them: higher cathepsine D free activity (up to 84.6% and 134.4% in paranodular tissue and node respectively) and higher level of DNA strand breaks in the node (up to 22.6%) were observed. In paranodular tissue the range of indices variability compared with parenchyma of contralateral part is shorter than in the node. Thus, under low level of iodine organification and high copper level in goitrous-modified tissue of thyroid gland metallothionein may provide a partial compensatory effect on prooxidative processes.