Antioxidants, nutrition, and evolution (2023)


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Preventive Medicine

Volume 21, Issue 2,

March 1992

, Pages 270-276

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    Thioredoxin system is a ubiquitous disulfide reductase system evolutionarily conserved through all living organisms. It contains thioredoxin (Trx), thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) and NADPH. TrxR can use NADPH to reduce Trx which passes the reducing equivalent to its downstream substrates involved in various biomedical events, such as ribonucleotide reductase for deoxyribonucleotide and DNA synthesis, or peroxiredoxins for counteracting oxidative stress. Obviously, TrxR stays in the center of the system to maintain the electron flow. Mammalian TrxR contains a selenocysteine (Sec) in its active site, which is not present in the low molecular weight prokaryotic TrxRs. Due to the special property of Sec, mammalian TrxR employs a different catalytic mechanism from prokaryotic TrxRs and has a broader substrate-spectrum. On the other hand, Sec is easily targeted by electrophilic compounds which inhibits the TrxR activity and may turn TrxR into an NADPH oxidase. Ebselen, a synthetic seleno-compound containing selenazol, has been tested in several clinical studies. In mammalian cells, ebselen works as a GSH peroxidase mimic and mainly as a peroxiredoxin mimic via Trx and TrxR to scavenge hydrogen peroxide and peroxynitrite. In prokaryotic cells, ebselen is an inhibitor of TrxR and leads to elevation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Recent studies have made use of the difference and developed ebselen as a potential antibiotic, especially in combination with silver which enables ebselen to kill multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Collectively, Sec is important for the biological functions of mammalian TrxR and distinguishes it from prokaryotic TrxRs, therefore it is a promising drug target.

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    L'athérosclérose est un processus dans lequel les facteurs lipidiques et cellulaires sont intriqués. Les LDL, lorsqu'elles sont oxydées, sont catabolisées par la voie des macrophages conduisant aux cellules spumeuses constitutives de la strie lipidique, lésion initiale de l'athérome, et ont des effets cytotoxiques, chimiotactiques… De nombreux systèmes de protection contre les radicaux libres et les processus d'oxydation existent, en particulier les antioxydants vitaminiques et d'autres antioxydants naturels. Après un rappel de leurs mécanismes d'action, les données épidémiologiques, expérimentales et cliniques sont passées en revue. Il apparaît aujourd'hui indispensable de prendre en compte ces facteurs dans la prévention et le traitement de l'athérosclérosclérose et des dyslipidémies. De nombreuses questions persistent, concernant notamment l'appréciation de la susceptibilité à l'oxydation. Des essais d'intervention sont attendus pour conclure définitivement sur les indications thérapeutiques, nutritionnelles et médicamenteuses.

    Atherosclerosis is a process in which lipid and factors are mixed. When LDL are oxydized, they are catabolized by the macrophage's pathway, leading to foam cells which constitute the fatty streak, the earliest lesion in atherogenesis, and they have cytotoxic, chemotactic effects. Many protective devices against free radicals and oxydation mechanisms exist, particularly antioxydant vitamins and other natural dietary antioxydants. After a brief recall of their mechanisms, epidemiological, experimental and clinical data are reviewed. To day it seems necessary to take into consideration these factors in prevention and therapeutic of atherosclerosis and dylipidaemia. Many inquiries keep going, particularly about susceptibly of LDL to oxydation. One is waiting for intervention surveys in order to conclude about nutritional and medical treatments.

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What is an antioxidant in nutrition? ›

Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Diets high in vegetables and fruits, which are good sources of antioxidants, have been found to be healthy; however, research has not shown antioxidant supplements to be beneficial in preventing diseases.

Is there any science behind antioxidants? ›

Epidemiological prospective studies show that higher intakes of antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and legumes are associated with a lower risk of chronic oxidative stress-related diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and deaths from all causes.

Which nutrients are the 4 antioxidants? ›

Antioxidants are found in certain foods and may prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals by neutralising them. These include the nutrient antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium.

What is antioxidants and its function? ›

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you're exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.

What are the three types of antioxidants? ›

Antioxidants can be divided into three groups by their mechanism: (1) primary antioxidants, which function essentially as free radical terminators (scavengers); (2) secondary antioxidants, which are important preventive antioxidants that function by retarding chain initiation; and (3) tertiary antioxidants, which are ...

What is the most powerful antioxidant? ›

As mentioned above, a-tocopherol is well recognized and accepted as the nature's most effective lipid-soluble, chain-breaking antioxidant, protecting cellular membranes from being attacked by lipid peroxyl radicals. Vitamin E prevents the propagation of lipid peroxyl radicals in cellular membranes.

Does the body absorb antioxidants? ›

Intestine does not easily absorb antioxidants

“The concentration of polyphenols and other antioxidants in the blood are often so low that they don't have an effect,” he says. “Many [antioxidants] have difficulty passing through fat-loving membranes because they are relatively polar.

Are antioxidants destroyed by stomach acid? ›

Answer. Yes they do. If we take, for example, vitamin C, which is actually ascorbic acid, which in theory shouldn't be broken down in an acid environment. We do rely on absorbing vitamins to remain healthy, so the body must have evolved mechanisms to absorb these without them being broken down.

Can too much antioxidants be harmful? ›

Taking antioxidants in excess can overwhelm free radicals that cells use to talk to one another and function properly, which Kehrer said is probably part of the reason why taking too many isn't as good as taking the right amount.

What is another name for antioxidants? ›

1. antioxidant
  • tocopherol.
  • carotenoid.
  • E.
  • Se.
  • rust inhibitor.
  • C.
  • glutathione peroxidase.
  • selenium.

What foods are highest in antioxidants? ›

Broccoli, spinach, carrots and potatoes are all high in antioxidants, and so are artichokes, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, radish, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, collard greens and kale.

What are antioxidants in simple terms? ›

(AN-tee-OK-sih-dent) A substance that protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging.

What foods are highest in antioxidants? ›

Broccoli, spinach, carrots and potatoes are all high in antioxidants, and so are artichokes, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, radish, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, collard greens and kale.

What are natural antioxidants? ›

Natural antioxidants are primarily phenolics that may occur in all parts of plants [6], such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, leaves, roots, and barks. In the recent past, some toxicological studies regarding the use of synthetic antioxidants have shown their unwanted or adverse effects.

Where antioxidants are found? ›

Antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also available as dietary supplements. Examples of antioxidants include: Beta-carotene.


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