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Immunol Today. 1994 Jan;15(1):7-10.

Oxidative stress as a mediator of apoptosis.

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Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 27858.

Abstract

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 mediator of apoptosis.

PMID:
8136014
DOI:
10.1016/0167-5699(94)90018-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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