Organic Peroxy Free Radicals and the Role of Superoxide Dismutase and Antioxidants

  • R. L. Willson


When a biological system is exposed to free radicals, clearly a large number of different molecules will be affected. Some of these molecules may be important, for example DNA or perhaps a key protein whose normal rate of synthesis is comparatively slow. The repercussions may then be serious. If other molecules are affected this may be less important: destruction of a small amount of glucose, for example, is unlikely to effect a biological system per se. Of course, there does remain the possibility that stable or free radical products derived from such harmless substances may themselves be toxic. It must not be forgotten that when a free radical reacts with an organic molecule, another free radical is usually formed. The reactions of this radical must then be taken into account.


Hydrogen Transfer Free Radical Reaction Peroxy Radical Pulse Radiolysis Free Radical Damage 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Willson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK

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