Tyrosine: an inhibitor of LDL oxidation and endothelial cell cytotoxicity initiated by superoxide/nitric oxide radicals.

Tyrosyl radicals can catalyze LDL oxidation. In addition to their LDL oxidizing ability, superoxide (O2.-)/nitric oxide (NO.) generate phenoxyl radicals when reacting with tyrosine. Therefore we tested if tyrosine can act as a pro-oxidant in O2.-/NO.-initiated LDL oxidation. When LDL was exposed to O2.-/NO., tyrosine exerted a strong inhibitory effect on O2… CONTINUE READING