Absolute rate constants for the reaction of NADH with thiyl free radicals derived from various sulphur-containing compounds of biological significance were measured by using the technique of pulse radiolysis. These and related reactions with phenoxyl free radicals are believed to occur through one-electron-transfer processes. Further evidence comes from studies with deuterated NADH. The results support the possibility that, in biochemical systems, thiols may act as catalysts linking hydrogen-atom and electron-transfer reactions.

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