Biochemistry of oxidative stress

Biochem Soc Trans. 2007 Nov;35(Pt 5):1147-50. doi: 10.1042/BST0351147.


The terms 'antioxidant', 'oxidative stress' and 'oxidative damage' are widely used but rarely defined. This brief review attempts to define them and to examine the ways in which oxidative stress and oxidative damage can affect cell behaviour both in vivo and in cell culture, using cancer as an example.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / metabolism
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Humans
  • Oxidative Stress*


  • Antioxidants