Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase in the Organs of Mammals of Different Ecogenesis

  • V. A. Ilyukha


The activities of the key antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase and catalase, were studied in the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen, and skeletal muscle of 8 mammalian species. In all studied animals the regularities of distribution of the enzymes were found to be, as a rule, the same like in other mammals: a high activity in the liver and a lower activity, in other organs. At the same time, certain species- specific differences were noticed: the activities of the enzymes in the same organ considerably differed even in the taxonomically close species, which appears to depend, first of all, on specificity of animal ecology.


Skeletal Muscle Superoxide High Activity Antioxidant Enzyme Catalase 
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  • V. A. Ilyukha
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  1. 1.Karelian Scientific Center, Russian Academy of SciencesInstitute of BiologyPetrozavodskRussia

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