Numerous human diseases are linked to a biochemical condition known as oxidative stress (OS). Antioxidants are therefore becoming increasingly important as potential disease prevention and therapeutic agents. Since OS is a multi-stressor event, agents combining a range of different antioxidant properties, such as redox catalysis and metal binding, might be more effective and selective than mono-functional agents. Selenium derivatives of aniline and pyridine combine redox activity with metal binding properties. These multifunctional agents have a distinct electrochemical profile, and exhibit good catalytic activity in the glutathione peroxidase mimic and metallothionein assays. They also show antioxidant activity in a skin cell model of UVA-induced stress. These compounds might therefore provide the basis for novel agents combining two or more distinct antioxidant properties.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry