Recycling of peroxiredoxin IV provides a novel pathway for disulphide formation in the endoplasmic reticulum

EMBO J. 2010 Dec 15;29(24):4185-97. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2010.273. Epub 2010 Nov 5.


Disulphide formation in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is catalysed by members of the protein disulphide isomerase (PDI) family. These enzymes can be oxidized by the flavoprotein ER oxidoreductin 1 (Ero1), which couples disulphide formation with reduction of oxygen to form hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)). The H(2)O(2) produced can be metabolized by ER-localized peroxiredoxin IV (PrxIV). Continuous catalytic activity of PrxIV depends on reduction of a disulphide within the active site to form a free thiol, which can then react with H(2)O(2). Here, we demonstrate that several members of the PDI family are able to directly reduce this PrxIV disulphide and in the process become oxidized. Furthermore, we show that altering cellular expression of these proteins within the ER influences the efficiency with which PrxIV can be recycled. The oxidation of PDI family members by PrxIV is a highly efficient process and demonstrates how oxidation by H(2)O(2) can be coupled to disulphide formation. Oxidation of PDI by PrxIV may therefore increase efficiency of disulphide formation by Ero1 and also allows disulphide formation via alternative sources of H(2)O(2).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Disulfides / metabolism*
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism*
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / metabolism
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Peroxiredoxins / metabolism*
  • Protein Disulfide-Isomerases / metabolism*


  • Disulfides
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Peroxiredoxins
  • Protein Disulfide-Isomerases