Uv

Radiation Chemicals

(Dioxin, Paraquat),

Oxygen Enzyme

(Xanthine oxidase)

Injury

Lipid peroxidation

Protein degradation

Enzyme inhibition

Nucleotide degradation

FIGURE 8.3 Free radicals are produced in response to a variety of "causes," resulting in a variety of biochemically defined oxygen radicals that have a multitude of "effects" on lipids, proteins, and nucleotides. "L" represents lipid. Although these molecules are part of the body's defense system, they can also cause damage to the host.

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