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Bioplastic hydroxyl radical trapping

Nature Chemical Biology volume 12, pages 307308 (2016) | Download Citation

The hydroxyl radical is the reactive oxygen species most cytotoxic to cells. A bioplastic-based hydroxyl radical scavenger that is more efficient than glutathione and vitamin C has been found to be produced by bacteria, adding an interesting twist to the story of oxidative stress defense by intracellular pathogens.

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  1. Joris Messens is at the VIB Structural Biology Research Center, Oxidative Stress Signaling lab, Brussels Center for Redox Biology (http://redox.vub.ac.be/), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.

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