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Oxidation–Reduction Reactions

  1. Donald B McCormick

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000610



How to Cite

McCormick, D. B. 2003. Oxidation–Reduction Reactions. eLS. .

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  1. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003


Oxidation–reduction reactions in nature are usually catalysed by enzymes classified broadly as oxidoreductases. These enhance the rate of electron transfer from an oxidizable substrate, typically a hydrogen donor, to a reducible acceptor.


  • oxidoreductases;
  • dehydrogenases;
  • reductases;
  • oxidases;
  • oxygenases;
  • peroxidases;
  • haem systems;
  • catalases;
  • pyridine nucleotides;
  • flavins