Biometals

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 195–199 | Cite as

Iron and activated oxygen species in biology: The basic chemistry

  • J.L. Pierre
  • M. Fontecave

Abstract

This paper briefly presents a critical review concerning the chemical reactions involved when superoxide or hydrogen peroxide meet iron complexes. The data commented on are required for a correct interpretation of the chemical processes which play a paramount role in the biological activation of dioxygen and arise in normal metabolism as well as in pathological processes.

hydrogen peroxide iron iron proteins superoxide synthetic iron complexes 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • J.L. Pierre
    • 1
  • M. Fontecave
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Biomimétique, LEDSS, UMR CNRS 5616Université J. FourierGrenoble cedex 9France
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Chimie et Biochimie des Centres Rédox biologiques, DBMS-CB CEA Grenoble/EP 1087CNRS/Université J. FourierGrenoble cedex 9France

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