Epinephrine and other activators of prostaglandin endoperoxide synthetase can reduce Fe3+-heme to Fe2+-heme.

In view of recent evidence that activation of prostaglandin endoperoxide synthetase by lipid peroxides may relate to the ability of such peroxides to reduce heme, we tested other activators of this enzyme. Epinephrine, norepinephrine, ascorbic acid and tryptophan were all found to reduce Fe3+-heme to Fe2+-heme, though tryptophan was considerably weaker than… CONTINUE READING