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Volume 9   Issue 1   Year 2014
Computational Modeling Analysis of Acute and Chronic Ethanol-Induced Oxidative Stress

Markevich N.I., Hoek J.B.

Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics RAS, Pushchino, 142290, Russia

Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

Abstract. The main goal of this work is to develop a computational model of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by the mitochondrial respiratory chain and analyze the control of oxidative stress that is enhanced by acute and excessive chronic ethanol treatment, resulting in ethanol-induced injury. The computational model consists of a system of 35 ordinary differential equations and describes the oxidized and reduced states of different electron carriers and the electron flow through Complexes I, II, III and IV as well as the rates of superoxide and H2O2 production and degradation in the control and upon ethanol-related alterations in different segments of the respiratory chain and glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase reactions. The effect of acute ethanol metabolism on ROS production was simulated in the computational model by an increase in the mitochondrial NADH/NAD ratio and a closure of voltage dependent anionic channel (VDAC) in the outer mitochondrial membrane. Excessive chronic ethanol consumption was modeled in accord with experimental observations available in the literature through inhibition of the activity of different segments of the respiratory chain and glutathione peroxidase as well as activation of glutathione reductase and changes in the total mitochondrial glutathione levels. Computational analysis of ∆Ψ dependencies of ROS production upon chronic ethanol consumption during oxidation of different respiratory substrates was carried out. Computational results show that chronic ethanol increases the concentration of superoxide and H2O2 in the mitochondrial matrix over the entire range of the membrane potential of 0 < ∆Ψ < 180 mV during oxidation of NADH alone and NADH + succinate. Ethanol-induced changes in the concentration of superoxide in the intermembrane space (IMS) are non-monotonic and depend on the membrane potential under this condition due to non-monotonic alterations in the rate of superoxide generation by the unstable semiquinone of Complex III. Ethanol-induced alterations in the concentration of both superoxide and H2O2 in the mitochondrial matrix and IMS are also non-monotonic and depend on ∆Ψ during oxidation of succinate alone. Computational results are very compatible with available experimental observations of ROS production under control condition and acute and chronic ethanol treatment and predict that the effect of ethanol on ROS production depends on the membrane potential, i.e. metabolic state of mitochondria.

Key words: reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial respiratory chain, computational model, acute and chronic alcohol.



Table of Contents Original Article
Math. Biol. Bioinf.
doi: 10.17537/2014.9.63
published in English

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