Kinetics of redox interaction between substituted quinones and ascorbate under aerobic conditions.


One-electron reduction of quinones (Q) by ascorbate (AscH ); (1) AscH + Q --> Q*- + Asc*- + H+, followed by the oxidation of semiquinone (Q*-) by molecular oxygen; (2) Q*- + O2 --> Q + O2*-, results in the catalytic oxidation of ascorbate (with Q as a catalyst) and formation of active forms of oxygen. Along with enzymatic redox cycling of Q. this process… (More)