Oxidative stress: Bioplastic hydroxyl radical trapping

April 19th, 2015 by Joris Messens

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 307 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2058

Author: Joris Messens

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.