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Antioxidant Drugs Mitigating Toxicity

  • Shabnum Nabi
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Abstract

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates and inhibit other oxidation reactions. They do this by being oxidized themselves, so antioxidants are often reducing agents such as thiols, ascorbic acid, or polyphenols (Sies 1997).

Keywords

Fatty Acid Oxidation Lipoic Acid Organic Mercury Nonenzymatic Antioxidant Free Radical Intermediate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shabnum Nabi
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  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Brain Research Centre (IBRC) Jawaharlal Nehru Medical CollegeAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia

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