The Uniqueness Both of Superoxide Toxicity and of the Protective Role of Superoxide Dismutase

  • Gidon Czapski
  • Sara Goldstein
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 49)


The role of superoxide radical (·O 2 - ) in biological processes was established after Fridovich.and McCord discovered the enzyme copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD),1 which catalyzes superoxide dismutation very efficiently. Later, enzymes with similar catalytic activity containing iron and manganese at the active site were discovered.


Superoxide Radical Pulse Radiolysis Copper Compound Catalytic Rate Constant Similar Catalytic Activity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gidon Czapski
    • 1
  • Sara Goldstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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