The role of carbon dioxide in free radical reactions of the organism.

@article{Vesel2002TheRO,
  title={The role of carbon dioxide in free radical reactions of the organism.},
  author={Anna Vesel{\'a} and Jiř{\'i} Wilhelm},
  journal={Physiological research},
  year={2002},
  volume={51 4},
  pages={
          335-9
        }
}
Carbon dioxide interacts both with reactive nitrogen species and reactive oxygen species. In the presence of superoxide, NO reacts to form peroxynitrite that reacts with CO2 to give nitrosoperoxycarbonate. This compound rearranges to nitrocarbonate which is prone to further reactions. In an aqueous environment, the most probable reaction is hydrolysis producing carbonate and nitrate. Thus the net effect of CO2 is scavenging of peroxynitrite and prevention of nitration and oxidative damage… CONTINUE READING
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