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Charcoal a weapon to fight superoxide-induced disease, injury

Artificial enzymes made of treated charcoal could have the power to curtail damaging levels of superoxides, radical oxygen ions that are toxic at high concentrations. The nanozymes developed by a Texas Medical Center team are highly effective antioxidants that break down damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in abundance in response to an injury or stroke. The researchers suggested the materials, described in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Nano Materials, could aid the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The biocompatible, highly soluble charcoal is a superoxide dismutase and was synthesized and tested by scientists at Rice University, the University of Texas Health Science Center's McGovern Medical School and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Read more...

 

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