Scientists around the world are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the discovery of selenium with gifts of research. The latest is a comprehensive book edited by Dr K Indira Priyadarsini and Dr Vimal K Jain, titled Organoselenium Compounds in Biology and Medicine (available Sept 2017). The book is an in depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in what is known about selenium compounds and more specifically, organoselenium compounds (organically bound selenium) and relevant therapeutic and medicinal applications.
"This book will be very useful for researchers from both developed and developed countries working in selenium research involving synthesis, biophysics, biochemistry and cancer biology," said the authors in and interview with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Why Organoselenium Compounds?
Priyadarsini and Jain express their opinion that there is overriding evidence that organoselenium compounds are far superior to inorganic forms of the mineral. In the book, they strongly state the importance of selenoproteins and their importance to a number of metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormones, oxidative stress and immune system.
"So far the majority of books on selenium biology have focused on inorganic selenium compounds," said Priyadarsini (shown in photo below to the left). "However it has now been realized that selenium in the organic form is less toxic than the inorganic form."
They also note there is a great deal of need for research in developing countries where selenium intake may be too high or too low, which plays a role in viral infections such as HIV, Ebola, neurodegneration, cognition and mood, as well as cardiovascular disease and cancer risk. "A few clinical trials have shown significant health benefits associated with taking a daily selenium supplement," Priyadarsini said, "and selenium compounds are showing promise as new anticancer agents."
The book is divided into three sections, and explains the following:
- Section 1. Synthetic advances in bioactive selenium compounds, and how organoselenium compound toxicity, redox properties and specificity can be further tuned.
- Section 2. Biophysics and biochemistry of organoselenium compounds, as well as selenoproteins.
- Section 3. Therapeutic and medicinal applications of organoselenium compounds, covering radioprotectors, anticancer agents and antioxidant behaviour.
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