Scientists from the Moscow State University have found a strong antioxidant
Researchers from the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms RAS and the Moscow State University (MSU) have found that organic isocitric acid can protect the body from toxic compounds that cause damage through oxidative reactions.
The scientists tested the isocitric acid influence on the survival of infusorians (Paramecium caudatum). Infusorians are suitable for these tests, because they have a large area of contact with the external environment and are able to accumulate toxic substances, the MSU representative told. The researchers have used the common oxidants — hydrogen peroxide and heavy metal salts. It turned out that the isocitric acid increases cell survival by about 30 times. Thes acid was found to be a more active antioxidant than ascorbic acid.
The isocitric acid is produced by yeast strain. This process is simple and may be implemented in production, the University press service explained. The researchers believe that further researches should help to establish the release of organic acid in Russia.
The results of the study are published in Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
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