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Peroxidase-Mediated Virucidal Systems

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Science  09 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3915, pp. 195-196
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3915.195

Abstract

Peroxidase (myeloperoxidase or lactoperoxidase), hydrogen peroxide, and a halide such as iodide, bromide, or chloride form a potent virucidal system that is effective against polio and vaccinia viruis, particularly at a low pH. The peroxidase-halide-hydrogen peroxide system may contribute to the host defense against certain viral infections.

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