Biglutaminyl-biliverdin IX alpha as a heme degradation product in the dengue fever insect-vector Aedes aegypti.

@article{Pereira2007BiglutaminylbiliverdinIA,
  title={Biglutaminyl-biliverdin IX alpha as a heme degradation product in the dengue fever insect-vector Aedes aegypti.},
  author={Luiza O R Pereira and Pedro Lagerblad de Oliveira and Igor C. Almeida and Gabriela O Paiva-Silva},
  journal={Biochemistry},
  year={2007},
  volume={46 23},
  pages={6822-9}
}
Hemoglobin digestion in the midgut of hematophagous animals results in the release of its prosthetic group, heme, which is a pro-oxidant molecule. Heme enzymatic degradation is a protective mechanism that has been described in several organisms, including plants, bacteria, and mammals. This reaction is catalyzed by heme oxygenase and results in formation of carbon monoxide, ferrous ion, and biliverdin IXalpha. During digestion, a large amount of a green pigment is produced and secreted into the… CONTINUE READING

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