Sozial- und Präventivmedizin

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 55–58 | Cite as

The interaction of cigarette smoke with thiol groups, a model study

  • Hans P. Stauffer


Some constituents of cigarette smoke react easily with thiol groups. In view of the important role which is played by thiol groups in cell metabolism, this effect of smoke could be of importance.

Regarding the world-wide attention that is focussed on the development of a “low biological activity” cigarette a review of existing literature, as presented here, may be of particular interest.


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Einige Bestandteile des Zigarettenrauches reagieren leicht mit Thiol-Gruppen. Wegen der Wichtigkeit der Thiol-Gruppen im Zell-Metabolismus, könnte diese Eigenschaft des Rauches von besonderem Interesse sein.

Im Hinblick auf die weltweite Bedeutung, die gegenwärtig der Entwicklung einer «Zigarette mit geringer biologischer Aktivität» zugemessen wird, will der hier präsentierte Überblick über die neuere Literatur einige weniger beachtete Zusammenhänge aufzeigen.


Certains composants de la fumée de cigarette réagissent facilement avec des groupes thiol. Du fait du rôle important joué par les groupes thiol dans le métabolisme cellulaire, cet effet sur la fumée pourrait avoir son importance.

Comme l'attention mondiale converge vers le développement d'une cigarette ayant une «activité biologique peu importante», un résumé de la littérature existante, comme présenté ici, pourrait être d'un intérêt particulier.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans P. Stauffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of ChemistryThe Burgdorf College of TechnologyBurgdorfSwitzerland

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