Protein carbonyl groups as biomarkers of oxidative stress

Clin Chim Acta. 2003 Mar;329(1-2):23-38. doi: 10.1016/s0009-8981(03)00003-2.


Oxidative stress, an imbalance toward the pro-oxidant side of the pro-oxidant/antioxidant homeostasis, occurs in several human diseases. Among these diseases are those in which high levels of protein carbonyl (CO) groups have been observed, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, sepsis, chronic renal failure, and respiratory distress syndrome. What relationships might be among high level of protein CO groups, oxidative stress, and diseases remain uncertain.The usage of protein CO groups as biomarkers of oxidative stress has some advantages in comparison with the measurement of other oxidation products because of the relative early formation and the relative stability of carbonylated proteins. Most of the assays for detection of protein CO groups involve derivatisation of the carbonyl group with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH), which leads to formation of a stable dinitrophenyl (DNP) hydrazone product. This then can be detected by various means, such as spectrophotometric assay, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and one-dimensional or two-dimensional electrophoresis followed by Western blot immunoassay. At present, the measurement of protein CO groups after their derivatisation with DNPH is the most widely utilized measure of protein oxidation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibiotics, Antineoplastic / toxicity*
  • Biomarkers
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Cardiomyopathies / chemically induced*
  • Cardiomyopathies / diagnostic imaging
  • Cardiomyopathies / metabolism*
  • Creatine Kinase / metabolism
  • Doxorubicin / toxicity*
  • Echocardiography
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism
  • Male
  • Myocardium / chemistry*
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Organ Size / drug effects
  • Oxidative Stress*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Troponin I / analysis*
  • Troponin T / analysis*
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology


  • Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
  • Biomarkers
  • Isoenzymes
  • Troponin I
  • Troponin T
  • Doxorubicin
  • Creatine Kinase