Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 18 September 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 37, p. cp14

CLASSIC PAPERS

Aging: A Theory Based on Free Radical and Radiation Chemistry

Denham Harman

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sageke;2002/37/cp14

Abstract: This 1956 paper describes a theory about mechanisms of aging that is based on free radical chemistry: "Aging and the degenerative diseases associated with it are attributed basically to the deleterious side attacks of free radicals on cell constituents and on the connective tissues. The free radicals probably arise largely through reactions involving molecular oxygen catalyzed in the cell by oxidative enzymes and in the connective tissues by traces of metals such as iron, cobalt, and manganese."

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Denham Harman, Aging: A Theory Based on Free Radical and Radiation Chemistry. J. Gerontol. 11, 298-300 (1956).

Citation: D. Harman, Aging: A Theory Based on Free Radical and Radiation Chemistry. Science's SAGE KE (18 September 2002), http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sageke;2002/37/cp14








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