Institut de Médecine Navale du Service de Santé des Armées, Toulon Naval, France
Abstract: Oxygen was discovered by Joseph Priestly in 1772. Since then, the chemical characteristics of the molecule have been established, together with its physiological properties relative to the transport and the utilization of oxygen by the cells and tissues. The role of the oxygen free radical, which are toxic reactive species, is important to consider in the practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Keywords: oxygen chemistry, respiratory chain, oxygen free radical, lipidperoxidation
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