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Plasma levels of total, free and protein bound thiols as well as sulfane sulfur in different age groups of rats

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The redox status of plasma thiols can be a diagnostic indicator of different pathological states. The aim of this study was to identify the age dependent changes in the plasma levels of total, free and protein bound glutathione, cysteine and homocysteine. The determination was conducted in plasma of three groups of rats: 1) young (3-month-old), 2) middle aged (19-month-old), and 3) old (31-month-old). Total levels of glutathione, cysteine and homocysteine and their respective free and protein-bound fractions decreased with age. The only exception was a rise in free homocysteine concentration in the middle group, which indicates a different pattern of transformations of this thiol in plasma. The drop in the level of protein-bound thiols suggests that the antioxidant capacity of plasma diminishes with age, which, consequently, leads to impaired protection of -SH groups through irreversible oxidation. The plasma sulfane sulfur level also declines with age, which means that aging is accompanied by inhibition of anaerobic sulfur metabolism.
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  • Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
  • Department of Neuropsychopharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
  • Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
  • Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University; Kraków, Kraków, Poland
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