Induction of haem oxygenase as a defence against oxidative stress.

Cells respond to metabolic perturbations by producing specific stress proteins. Exposure of mammalian cells to various forms of oxidative stress induces haem oxygenase, the rate-limiting enzyme in haem degradation. This response is proposed to represent an antioxidant defence operating at two different stages simultaneously. It (i) decreases the levels of… CONTINUE READING