Redox proteomics in the blue mussel Mytilus edulis: Carbonylation is not a pre-requisite for ubiquitination in acute free radical-mediated oxidative stress

Brian McDonagh, David Sheehan

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Abstract

Mytilus edulis was exposed under controlled conditions to a panel of model pro-oxidants (H2O2, CdCl2 and menadione) for 24 h. Protein extracts of gill, mantle and digestive gland were analysed by immunoblotting in sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) separations. Immunoblotting revealed extensive and comparable levels of protein carbonylation across the pro-oxidant panel with approximately 1.5-fold higher levels in gill than digestive gland. Ubiquitination in gill was modest in response to H2O2, but increased in response to menadione and CdCl2. High ubiquitination levels were found for all pro-oxidants in digestive gland with levels comparable to the highest found in gill. Two-dimensional (2D) SDS-PAGE confirmed specific targeting of individual proteins by ubiquitin against a generally stable protein expression signature. Spot matching suggested that carbonylation is not a pre-requisite for ubiquitination. While gill showed consistently higher constitutive levels of glutathione transferase, glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase and glutathione reductase activity, pro-oxidant treatment had only modest effect on these enzymes and on the ratio of reduced/oxidised glutathione. In digestive gland, this latter ratio was higher than in gill and increased in response to menadione and CdCl2. Ubiquitination may provide a marker for acute onset of oxidative stress in bivalves.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)325-333
Number of pages9
JournalAquatic Toxicology
Volume79
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Oct 2006

Keywords

  • 2D SDS-PAGE
  • Carbonylation
  • Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase
  • Glutathione
  • GST
  • Mytilus edulis
  • Oxidative stress
  • Proteomics
  • Ubiquitin
  • Ubiquitination

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