Journal article

Simultaneous determination of coenzyme Q and plastoquinone redox states in the coral–Symbiodinium symbiosis during thermally induced bleaching

A Lutz, CA Motti, ML Freckelton, MJH van Oppen, DJ Miller, WC Dunlap

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2014


Coenzyme Q (CoQ; ubiquinone) and plastoquinone (PQ) are metabolic electron carriers that, in their reduced state, are powerful antioxidants for cellular protection against oxidative damage. Although damage resulting from generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is strongly implicated in the initiation of symbiotic dysfunction that leads to coral bleaching, very little is known about the redox state of these two prenylquinone pools during the stress response. Here we describe a quantitative liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method that permits simultaneous measurement of the physiological redox state of both CoQ and PQ in whole corals. The application of this method indicates..

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