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Melatonin prevents changes in microsomal membrane fluidity during induced lipid peroxidation.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
FEBS Letters
0014-5793
Publisher
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Volume
408
Issue
3
Pages
297–300
Identifiers
PMID: 9188780
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We tested the effect of melatonin on membrane fluidity in microsomes of a rat liver model in which lipid peroxidation was induced by the addition of FeCl3, ADP and NADPH. Membrane fluidity was monitored using fluorescence spectroscopy and lipid peroxidation was estimated by quantifying malonaldehyde (MDA)+4-hydroxyalkenals (4-HDA) concentrations following the induction of lipid peroxidation with and without pre-incubation with melatonin (1 microM-3 mM). Membrane rigidity increased during induced lipid peroxidation while melatonin reduced in a concentration-dependent manner both membrane rigidity and MDA+4-HDA generation. Melatonin's protective effect may relate to its known ability to scavenge free radicals and function as an antioxidant.

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