[Metabolism of nitrates-nitrites].

  • Roger Derache
  • Published 1976 in Annales de la nutrition et de l'alimentation


Once the pair nitrate-nitrite--in quantity respectively set by the ingestion level or transformation level by intestinal bacteria--has entered through the intestinal mucosa, it may react with active biochemical groups. Nitrite, owing to its high oxido-reduction potential, may induce the oxidation of a large number of compounds, as for example the Fe++ heme-Fe+++ hemine system, reduced cytochromes-oxidized cytochromes system, etc. If the presence of nitrite in blood is not clearly established, this is due to the nitrite high chemical reactivity. Moreover, a transformation by the tissues of nitrates into nitrites after a nitro-reduction is quite possible.

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@article{Derache1976MetabolismON, title={[Metabolism of nitrates-nitrites].}, author={Roger Derache}, journal={Annales de la nutrition et de l'alimentation}, year={1976}, volume={30 5-6}, pages={823-9} }