The effect of antimycin A on the intensity of oxidative stress, the level of lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzyme activities in different organs of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings subjected to high temperature


  • Anna Batjuka Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ecology Department, Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Daugavpils University
  • Natalja Škute Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ecology Department, Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Daugavpils University


antimycin A, antioxidant enzymes, high temperature, lipid peroxidation, reactive oxygen species


The objective of the present investigation was to identify the effect of antimycin A (AA) as an activator of the alternative pathway (AP) of respiration, on oxidative stress intensity, the level of lipid peroxidation (LPO) and activities of H2O2 scavenging enzymes in functionally different organs of Triticum aestivum L. subjected to short- and long-term exposure to high temperature (HT). The level of LPO was assessed in terms of malondialdehyde (MDA), an indicator of oxidative injury. The results demonstrated increases in the total content of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and MDA production in developing and senescent organs of wheat seedlings, and significant augmentation of the activities of the antioxidant enzymes, catalase and ascorbate peroxidase, in different organs in response to exposure to HT. The activation of the AP by AA restrained ROS production in the mitochondrial electron transport chain (mETC) under exposure to HT.

Received: July 6, 2016; Revised: October 31, 2016; Accepted: November 30, 2016; Published online: December 15, 2016

How to cite this article: Batjuka A, Škute N. The effect of antimycin A on the intensity of oxidative stress, the level of lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzyme activities in different organs of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings subjected to high temperature. Arch Biol Sci. 2017;69(4):743-52.


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Anna Batjuka, Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ecology Department, Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Daugavpils University

Ecology department

Natalja Škute, Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ecology Department, Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Daugavpils University

Ecology department


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Batjuka A, Škute N. The effect of antimycin A on the intensity of oxidative stress, the level of lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzyme activities in different organs of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings subjected to high temperature. Arch Biol Sci [Internet]. 2017Oct.18 [cited 2022Jul.1];69(4):743-52. Available from: