Unraveling the biological roles of reactive oxygen species

Murphy, M. P.; Holmgren, A.; Larsson, N. G.; Halliwell, B.; Chang, C. J.; Kalyanaraman, B.; Rhee, S. G.; Thornalley, P. J.; Partridge, L.; Gems, D.; Nystrom, T.; Belousov, V.; Schumacker, P. T.; Winterbourn, C. C.

Cell Metab. 2011 Apr 5; 13(4):361-6


Reactive oxygen species are not only harmful agents that cause oxidative damage in pathologies, they also have important roles as regulatory agents in a range of biological phenomena. The relatively recent development of this more nuanced view presents a challenge to the biomedical research community on how best to assess the significance of reactive oxygen species and oxidative damage in biological systems. Considerable progress is being made in addressing these issues, and here we survey some recent developments for those contemplating research in this area.

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