Glutathione – Nature’s Antioxidant – A Molecular View
Mary Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics
In research supported by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Mary Anderson and her research team study the enzyme, glutathione synthetase, which is responsible for the biosynthesis of the human body’s most important natural antioxidant, glutathione.
Experimental, bioinformatics, and computational techniques are integrated to understand the biochemical “machinery” of glutathione synthetase. Glutathione offers protection against everything from wrinkles to old age. Diseases such as HIV, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are associated with glutathione deficiencies. Dr. Anderson and her research team’s work will increase knowledge of protein-protein interactions, help design better enzymes, and aid in the development of therapies for treating some of the deficiency-related diseases plaguing Texans.
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