The impact of oxidative stress on Arabidopsis mitochondria

Plant J. 2002 Dec;32(6):891-904. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-313x.2002.01474.x.


Treatment of Arabidopsis cell culture for 16 h with H2O2, menadione or antimycin A induced an oxidative stress decreasing growth rate and increasing DCF fluorescence and lipid peroxidation products. Treated cells remained viable and maintained significant respiratory rates. Mitochondrial integrity was maintained, but accumulation of alternative oxidase and decreased abundance of lipoic acid-containing components during several of the treatments indicated oxidative stress. Analysis of the treatments was undertaken by IEF/SDS-PAGE, comparison of protein spot abundances and tandem mass spectrometry. A set of 25 protein spots increased >3-fold in H2O2/menadione treatments, a subset of these increased in antimycin A-treated samples. A set of 10 protein spots decreased significantly during stress treatments. A specific set of mitochondrial proteins were degraded by stress treatments. These damaged components included subunits of ATP synthase, complex I, succinyl CoA ligase, aconitase, and pyruvate and 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complexes. Nine increased proteins represented products of different genes not found in control mitochondria. One is directly involved in antioxidant defense, a mitochondrial thioredoxin-dependent peroxidase, while another, a thioredoxin reductase-dependent protein disulphide isomerase, is required for protein disulfide redox homeostasis. Several others are generally considered to be extramitochondrial but are clearly present in a highly purified mitochondrial fraction used in this study and are known to play roles in stress response. Using H2O2 as a model stress, further work revealed that this treatment induced a protease activity in isolated mitochondria, putatively responsible for the degradation of oxidatively damaged mitochondrial proteins and that O2 consumption by mitochondria was significantly decreased by H2O2 treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antimycin A / pharmacology
  • Arabidopsis / drug effects
  • Arabidopsis / growth & development
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Endopeptidases / biosynthesis
  • Enzyme Induction / drug effects
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / pharmacology
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Mitochondria / drug effects
  • Mitochondria / metabolism*
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / metabolism
  • Oxidative Stress / physiology*
  • Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Oxygen / metabolism
  • Oxygen Consumption / drug effects
  • Plant Proteins
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization
  • Vitamin K 3 / pharmacology


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Mitochondrial Proteins
  • Plant Proteins
  • Antimycin A
  • Vitamin K 3
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Oxidoreductases
  • alternative oxidase
  • Endopeptidases
  • Oxygen