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Biochemical Characterization of H2O2-Induced Oxidative Stress in E.coli

H2O2-induced toxicity led to remodeling of phospholipid (PL) in E. coli (DH5α) grown in LB medium at 25°C. A dose-dependent enhancement in conjugated diene content of total cellular lipid extract was observed when E. coli (DH5α) was grown in LB containing 1 to 10 mM H2O2. Elevated conjugated diene content was accompanied by a dose-dependent augmentation of cardiolipin (CL) by two fold with 20% depletion in sum total of phosphatidyl ethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidyl glycerol (PG) [(PE+PG)] content without altering total PL content. A 75% depletion of catalase activity and a dose-dependent variation in cellular free iron content were the oxidative-stress regulatory mechanism in E. coli (DH5α) in response to elevated level of extrinsic H2O2. These findings suggest that E. coli responds to H2O2-induced toxicity by regulating cellular-free iron content and by modulating cellular PL composition. As CL is known to be augmentated in multiple stress conditions, we hypothesize that H2O2-induced augmentation in CL content of E. coli (DH5 α) is a regulatory mechanism to survive oxidative stress. Our findings revel that exogenous H2O2 induces a lipid-mediated oxidative stress regulatory mechanism in E. coli.

Author(s): Santosh Kumar Sahu and Himadri Gourav Behuria

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