Objectives. To evaluate if the prooxidant environment present in atherosclerotic plaque may oxidatively modify filtered albumin. Methods. Fluorescein-5-maleimide labelled plasma samples and plaque extracts from 27 patients who had undergone carotid endarterectomy were analysed through nonreducing SDS-PAGE for albumin-Cys34 oxidation. Furthermore, degree and pattern of S-thiolation in both circulating and plaque-filtered albumin were assayed. Results. Albumin filtered in the atherosclerotic plaque showed higher levels of Cys34 oxidative modifications than the corresponding circulating form as well as different patterns of S-thiolation. Conclusions. Data indicate that the circulating albumin, once filtered in plaque, undergoes Cys34 oxidative modifications and demonstrate for the first time that albumin is a homocysteine and cysteinylglycine vehicle inside the plaque environment.
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- Cell Biology