Inhibition of target cell mitochondrial electron transfer by tumor necrosis factor.


Using digitonin permeabilization to assay mitochondrial electron transfer, we have found that respiratory activity (succinoxidase and cytochrome oxidase) in three mouse fibroblast lines is completely eliminated by incubation with human recombinant tumor necrosis factor-alpha (hrTNF). As with cytotoxicity, hrTNF-induced mitochondrial dysfunction occurs in… (More)


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