Metabolism of Hydrogen Selenide and Methylated Selenides

  • Howard E. Ganther
Part of the Advances in Nutritional Research book series (ANUR, volume 2)


Inorganic forms of selenium are readily metabolized to a variety of or-ganoselenium compounds in microorganisms, plants, and animals. The metabolism of selenium may either enhance or reduce the biological activity of this element. Nutritionally active inorganic selenium compounds, such as sodium selenite or sodium selenate, can be converted to physiologically active forms of selenium such as the selenoenzyme, GSH (glutathione) peroxidase. Toxic levels of selenite or selenate can be detoxified by the formation of methylated selenides that are readily excreted and usually less toxic.


Sodium Selenite Selenium Compound Elemental Selenium Sodium Selenate Inorganic Selenium 
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  • Howard E. Ganther
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  1. 1.Department of Nutritional SciencesUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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