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The reactive species interactome: evolutionary emergence, biological significance, and opportunities for redox metabolomics and personalized medicine

Cortese-Krott, M. M., Koning, A., Kuhnle, G. G. C., Nagy, P., Bianco, C. L., Pasch, A., Wink, D. A., Fukuto, J. M., Jackson, A. A., van Goor, H., Olson, K. R. and Feelisch, M. (2017) The reactive species interactome: evolutionary emergence, biological significance, and opportunities for redox metabolomics and personalized medicine. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 27 (10). pp. 684-712. ISSN 1523-0864

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1089/ars.2017.7083


SIGNIFICANCE: Oxidative stress is thought to account for aberrant redox homeostasis and contribute to aging and disease. However, more often than not administration of antioxidants is ineffective, suggesting our current understanding of the underlying regulatory processes is incomplete. Recent Advances. Similar to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS), reactive sulfur species (RSS) are now emerging as important signaling molecules, targeting regulatory cysteine redox switches in proteins, affecting gene regulation, ion transport, intermediary metabolism and mitochondrial function. To rationalize the complexity of chemical interactions of reactive species with themselves and their targets and help define their role in systemic metabolic control, we here introduce a novel integrative concept coined the reactive species interactome (RSI). The RSI is a primeval multi-level redox-regulatory system whose architecture, together with the physicochemical characteristics of its constituents, allows efficient sensing and rapid adaptation to environmental changes and various other stresses to enhance fitness and resilience at the local and whole-organism level. CRITICAL ISSUES: To better characterise the RSI-related processes that determine fluxes through specific pathways and enable integration, it is necessary to disentangle the chemical biology and activity of reactive species (including precursors and reaction products), their targets, communication systems and effects on cellular, organ and whole-organism bioenergetics using systems-level/network analyses. FUTURE DIRECTIONS: Understanding the mechanisms through which the RSI operates will enable a better appreciation of the possibilities to modulate the entire biological system; moreover, unveiling molecular signatures that characterize specific environmental challenges or other stresses will provide new prevention/intervention opportunities for personalized medicine.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Human Nutrition Research Group
ID Code:70039
Publisher:Mary Ann Leibert Inc


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