Activity assay of mammalian 2-cys peroxiredoxins using yeast thioredoxin reductase system

Ju A. Kim, Sunjoo Park, Kangwha Kim, Sue Goo Rhee, Sang Won Kang

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2-Cys peroxiredoxin (Prx) is a novel cellular peroxidase that reduces peroxides in the presence of thioredoxin, thioredoxin reductase, and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) and that functions in H 2O2-mediated signal transduction. Recent studies have shown that 2-cys Prx can be inactivated by cysteine overoxidation in conditions of oxidative stress. Therefore, peroxidase activity, rather than the protein level, of 2-cys Prx is the more important measure to predict its cellular function. Here, we introduce a modified activity assay method for mammalian 2-cys Prx based on yeast nonselenium thioredoxin reductase. Yeast thioredoxin reductase is expressed in Escherichia coli cells and purified at high yield (40 mg/L of culture broth) as an active flavoprotein by combined diethyl aminoethyl (DEAE) and phenyl hydrophobic chromatography. The optimal concentrations of yeast thioredoxin and thioredoxin reductase required to achieve maximum mammalian 2-cys Prx activity are 3.0 and 1.5 μM, respectively. This modified assay method is useful for measuring 2-cys Prx activity in cell lysates and can also be adapted for a 96-well plate reader for high-throughput screening of chemical compounds that target 2-cys Prx.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2005

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Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Jaesang Kim for critically reading the manuscript. We also thank Dr. Ho Jong Kwon for sharing the instrument and members of Labfrontier Co (Korea) for valuable technical support. This work was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) through the Center for Cell Signaling Research and a Junior Faculty Research Grant at Ewha Womans University. S.J.P. was partially supported by the SK-Ewha research fund and J.K. was a recipient of Brain Korea 21 grant.


  • 2-Cys peroxiredoxin
  • Thioredoxin peroxidase
  • Yeast thioredoxin
  • Yeast thioredoxin reductase


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