The production of reactive oxygen species, including H2O2, is a process that can be used in signaling, cell death, or immune response. To quantify oxidative stress in cells, a fluorescence technique has been modified from a previously described method to measure H2O2 release from cells (Panus et al., 1993; Murthy et al., 2010; Larson-Casey et al., 2016; Larson-Casey et al., 2014; He et al., 2011). This assay takes advantage of H2O2-mediated oxidation of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) to Complex I, which, in turn, oxidizes p-hydroxyphenylacetic acid (pHPA) to a stable, fluorescent pHPA dimer (2,2'-dihydroxy-biphenyl-5,5’ diacetate [(pHPA)2]). The H2O2-dependent HRP-mediated oxidation of pHPA is a sensitive and specific assay for quantifying H2O2 release from cells. This assay can measure H2O2 release from whole cells, mitochondria, or the NADPH oxidase.
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