Oxidative stress as a mediator of apoptosis.

  title={Oxidative stress as a mediator of apoptosis.},
  author={Thomas M. Buttke and Paul A Sandstrom},
  journal={Immunology today},
  volume={15 1},
Many agents which induce apoptosis are either oxidants or stimulators of cellular oxidative metabolism. Conversely, many inhibitors of apoptosis have antioxidant activities or enhance cellular antioxidant defenses. Mammalian cells exist in a state of oxidative siege in which survival requires an appropriate balance of oxidants and antioxidants. Thomas Buttke and Paul Sandstrom suggest that eukaryotic cells may benefit from this perilous existence by invoking oxidative stress as a common… CONTINUE READING
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