Oxygen Radicals in Heart and Brain Tissue Injury

  • K. Ytrehus
  • O. D. Mjøs
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Free radicals, well-known species in chemistry, have recently received attention in medicine because of new knowledge about their potential toxic effects. Free radicals are by definition molecular species which contain an odd number of electrons. This gives them the properties of being highly chemically reactive and of inducing chain reactions. In medicine the focus has been on oxygen radicals because there are a number of biological oxidations, both enzymatical and spontaneous, which generate oxygen radicals [16, 18, 47, 66].


Oxygen Radical Xanthine Oxidase Xanthine Dehydrogenase Cardiac Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Generate Oxygen Radical 
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