Journal :   Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry

Volume No. :   6

Issue No. :  3

Year :  2013

Pages :   278-285

ISSN Print :  0974-4169

ISSN Online :  0974-4150


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Selenium as an Antioxidant: A Review

Address:   Swati Korabu1*, Rajani Nair2, Chaitrali Pawar2, Rohit Shah1, Priyanka Jadhav1, Bhakti Chorghe1
1Sinhgad College of Pharmacy, Vadgaon (Bk), Pune - 411 041
2RMP’s Bhalchandra College of Pharmacy, Gorhe (Kd), Pune - 411 042
*Corresponding Author

Selenium (Se) is derived from the Greek word ‘selene’ meaning moon goddess. It was discovered by Jacob Berzelius of Sweden in 1817. Se (The Greek goddess of moon) is a metalloid element with atomic number 34 and an average relative atomic mass of 78.96, melting-point at about 220.5 °C, boiling-point at about 684.9 °C. It belongs to the sulphur family of elements (which also includes oxygen, tellurium and polonium), and has some common properties with sulphur, including valency and the ability to form covalent bonds with carbon. Se is specifically incorporated into proteins in the form of selenocysteine and non-specifically incorporated as selenomethionine in place of methionine. The effects of Se compounds on cells are strictly compositional and concentration-dependent. Selenium is a trace mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. It is an essential element in several metabolic pathways.
Selenium, antioxidants, selenoprotein, cancer, heterocycles.
Swati Korabu, Rajani Nair, Chaitrali Pawar, Rohit Shah, Priyanka Jadhav, Bhakti Chorghe. Selenium as an Antioxidant: A Review. Asian J. Research Chem. 6(3): March 2013; Page 278-285.
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