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Monitoring H2O2 inside Aspergillus fumigatus with an Integrated Microelectrode: The Role of Peroxiredoxin Protein Prx1

Monitoring H2O2 inside Aspergillus fumigatus with an Integrated Microelectrode:
The Role of Peroxiredoxin Protein Prx1
Carlos A. Tairum, Mauro Bertotti, Renata Bannitz-Fernandes, Iran Malavazi, Carla Santana Santos, Luis E. S. Netto, Alex S. Lima
Peroxiredoxins (Prx) are important proteins involved in hydroperoxide degradation and are related to virulence in several pathogens, including Aspergillus fumigatus. In this work, in vivo studies on the degradation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the microenvironment of A. fumigatus fungus were performed by using an integrated Pt microelectrode. Three A. fumigatus strains were used to confirm the role of the cytosolic protein Prx1 in the defense mechanism of this microorganism: a wild-type strain, capable to expressing the protein Prx1; a Δprx strain, whose gene prx1 was removed; and a genetically complemented Δprx1::prx1+ strain generated from the Δprx1 and in which the gene prx1 was reintroduced. The fabricated microelectrode was shown to be a reliable inert probe tip for in situ and real-time measurements of H2O2 in such microenvironments, with potential applications in investigations involving the mechanism of oxidative stress.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.7b04074

DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b04074

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