Bradykinin-related vasoactive peptides (kinins) are important mediators of local and systemic inflammatory reactions. However, at local inflammatory foci, the production of kinins from proteinaceous precursors (kininogens) can be affected by reactive oxygen species released by phagocyte cells. One of the predominant oxidants at these places is hypochlorous acid which is formed from hydrogen peroxide and chloride ions by neutrophil myeloperoxidase. In this study, inactivation of human kininogens after oxidation with the myeloperoxidase-H2O2-chloride system was observed and analyzed by protein chemistry methods. The kinin release from oxidized kininogens by major kinin-producing enzymes, plasma and tissue kallikreins, proceed with a very low rate. This effect was assigned to apparent inability of kallikreins to process the kinin N-terminus owing to the conversion of the adjacent Met-361 residue to methionine sulfoxide. Additionally, the oxidized high-molecular mass kininogen lost its natural ability to bind plasma prekallikrein. This effect was assigned to the oxidation of Trp-569 residue within the prekallikrein-binding region which is subsequently destructed owing to cleavage of the peptide bond after that residue. One possible pathophysiological consequence of the described effects on kininogens could be the impairment of the normal assembly and triggering of the kinin-forming system on defense cell surfaces.
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