Selenium Regulation of Selenium-dependent Glutathione Peroxidases in Animals and Transfected CHO Cells

Roger A. Sunde, Britta M. Thompson, Melanie D. Palm, Sherri L. Weiss, Kevin M. Thompson, Jacqueline K. Evenson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

31 Scopus citations


Glutathione peroxidase (GPX1) was the first identified selenium-dependent enzyme, and this enzyme has been most useful as a biochemical indicator of selenium (Se) status and the parameter of choice for determining Se requirements. We have continued to study Se regulation of GPX1 to better understand the underlying mechanism and to gain insight into how cells themselves regulate nutrient status. In progressive Se deficiency in rats, GPX1 activity, protein and mRNA all decrease in a dramatic, coordinated and exponential fashion such that Se-deficient GPX1 mRNA levels are 6-15% of Se-adequate levels. mRNA levels for other Se-dependent proteins are far less decreased in the same animals. The mRNA levels for a second Se-dependent peroxidase, phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase (GPX4), are little affected by Se deficiency, demonstrating that Se regulation of GPX1 is unique. Se regulation of GPX1 activity in growing male and female rats shows that the Se requirement is 100 ng/g diet, based on liver GPX1 activity; use of GPX1 mRNA as the parameter indicates that the Se requirement is nearer to 50 ng Se/g diet in both male and female rats. This approach will readily detect an altered dietary Se requirement, as shown by the incremental increases in dietary Se requirement by 150, 100 or 50 ng Se/g diet in Se-deficient rat pups repleted with Se for 3, 7 or 14 d, respectively. Studies with CHO cells stably transfected with recombinant GPX1 also show that overexpression of GPX1 does not alter the minimum level of media Se necessary for Se-adequate levels of GPX1 activity or mRNA. We hypothesize that classical GPX1 has an integral biological role in the mechanism used by cells to regulate Se status, making GPX1 an especially useful and effective parameter for determining Se requirements in animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-355
Number of pages10
JournalBiomedical and Environmental Sciences
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


Dive into the research topics of 'Selenium Regulation of Selenium-dependent Glutathione Peroxidases in Animals and Transfected CHO Cells'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this