The peroxiredoxin repair proteins.

Center for Structural Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157, USA.
Sub-cellular biochemistry 02/2007; 44:115-41. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6051-9_6
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ABSTRACT Sulfiredoxin and sestrin are cysteine sulfinic acid reductases that selectively reduce or repair the hyperoxidized forms of typical 2-Cys peroxiredoxins within eukaryotes. As such these enzymes play key roles in the modulation of peroxide-mediated cell signaling and cellular defense mechanisms. The unique structure of sulfiredoxin facilitates access to the peroxiredoxin active site and novel sulfur chemistry.

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