Antiapoptotic role of heme oxygenase (HO) and the potential of HO as a target in anticancer treatment

Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an inducible enzyme that catalyzes oxidative degradation of heme to form biliverdin, carbon monoxide (CO), and free iron. Biliverdin is subsequently reduced to bilirubin by the enzyme biliverdin reductase. Increasing evidence has indicated the critical role of HO-1 in cytoprotection and more diverse biological functions. Induction… CONTINUE READING