MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Subject: How is H2O2 produced in cells and why is it a problem?

Date: Sat Dec 18 04:53:12 1999
Posted by Paul Manley
Grade level: teacher/prof School: Devonport High School
City: Plymouth State/Province: England Country: UK
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 945514392.Bc

I browsed your archive and found Amber's question dated 11.12.96. I'm fine 
about catalase, but not clear about the metabolic origins of hydrogen 
peroxide. I understand it's a strong oxidising agent, but which 
enzymes/pathways does it most affect? I'm trying to find out for students 
in their final year of high school, so a response at about 2nd year 
undergrad level would be ideal. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Millennium!

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