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Current Organic Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1385-2728
ISSN (Online): 1875-5348

Review Article

New Prospective for Redox Modulation Mediated by Organo selenium and Organotellurium Compounds

Author(s): Angelita M. Barcellos, Laura Abenante, Maria Teresa Sarro, Iris Di Leo, Eder J. Lenardao, Gelson Perin* and Claudio Santi*

Volume 21, Issue 20, 2017

Page: [2044 - 2061] Pages: 18

DOI: 10.2174/1385272820666161020162113

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Background: The growing interest on the redox modulation in living systems broadly involved selenium derivatives that during the last twenty years were often claimed powerful antioxidants but that were also clearly correlated to several important biological effects sometimes, unfortunately, associated to a certain toxicity. Comparing the antioxidant activity of different organoselenium structures it can be observed that sometimes quite different reaction mechanisms are involved.

Method: We propose here a classification based on the nature of the selenenylated functional group. Beside the natural glutathione peroxidase-like activity, other biological interactions were proposed and we report now an overview of the state of art pointing the attention also to the testes used to evaluate and demonstrate the biological activity.

Conclusion: New prospective on the use of selenium and tellurium derivatives as Redox modulators, were discussed throughout a series of selected examples. The possibility to obtain from organoselenium derivatives molecules endowed with hormetic effect or able to act as selective inhibitor of specific enzyme will be discussed.

Keywords: Selenium, tellurium, redox, ROS, antioxidant, diselenide, selenide, ebselen.

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