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Any of the flavin-bound enzymes in mitochondria that catalyze the reduction of cytochrome and similar compounds


One use of diaphorase is diaphorase staining, which is used to mark active mitochondria wherein it uses NADH (or NADPH) as substrate to reduce dyes.

Diaphorase is also described to be associated with methemoglobinemia, a condition caused by a deficiency of diaphorase, particularly NADH methemoglobin reductase.

Word origin: Greek diƔphor (different, unlike)

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blue offsprings?

... (U.S. ;) ), a very high frequency of an autozome-recessive genetic flaw was found ; Blue Offsprings. Their skin looks blue, and they lack the diaphorase enzyme. That enzyme stimulates reactions, that help to keep the noraml shape of the hemoglobin hormone. When it lacks, the hemoglobin's color ...

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Thu May 26, 2005 2:53 pm
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Topic: blue offsprings?
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