Abstract

Human erythrocytes were incubated with 3H-glycine to label the glutathione pool. These cells were then used to determine the rate of oxidized glutathione (GSSG) transport out of erythrocytes. For 6 normal individuals, the mean transport rate was 6.7 nmole GSSG/hr/ml red cells. This transport rate would suggest a half-life of 4.7 days for the erythrocytic glutathione, which is in close agreemwnt with the observed in vivo half-life of 4 days. These data demonstrate that GSSG transport can account for the observed turnover of erythrocytic glutathione.

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