Thiyl radicals react with nitric oxide to form S-nitrosothiols with rate constants near the diffusion-controlled limit.
A possible route to S-nitrosothiols in biology is the reaction between thiyl radicals and nitric oxide. D. Hofstetter et al. (Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.360:146-148; 2007) claimed an upper limit of (2.8+/-0.6)x10(7) M(-1)s(-1) for the rate constant between thiyl radicals derived from glutathione and nitric oxide, and it was suggested that under physiological conditions S-nitrosation via this route is negligible. In the present study, thiyl radicals were generated by pulse radiolysis, and t...Expand abstract
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