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[The physiological and pathophysiological role of selenium]


OCTOBER 28, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(10)

[ Recent research and clinical observations have made the topic of the relationship between trace elements and free radical reactions, the unavoidable corollary of aerobic life, come to the fore. Based on the data of more recent literature, the author attempts to provide a concise review of the biological function of selenium, one of the trace elements, and emphasizes some aspects of its clinical importance. Selenium, being an essential component of selenium dependent glutathi one peroxidase plays a central protective role in the antioxidative processes of the cells and any damage to this function may entail several pathological consequences. Results of animal experiments and observations on human subjects refer to the role of selenium deficiency in the development and outcome of a certain type of cardiomyopathy but its relationship to atherosclerotic cardiovasular disease, im munological disturbances, inflammatory disorders and anticarcinogenesis remains to be fully elucidated. Selenium should be taken into account when treating patients confined to chronic total parenteral nutrition and its possible antineoplastic effect might be benefical in certain conditions. Although the clinical application of selenium in well-establis hed deficiency states is justified, and as a prophylactic measure or even as part of an antitumour strategy appears to be promising, wanton administration of this important trace element can be hazardous.]


  1. Semmelweis Orvostudományi Egyetem, III. Belklinika Budapest



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