Also known as
GC1, IPOB, IPO-B, MNSOD, MVCD6, GClnc1, Mn-SOD
The SOD2 (Superoxide Dismutase 2, Mitochondrial) gene encodes a protein called manganese superoxide dismutase, which is a type of antioxidant enzyme. The SOD2 protein is found in the mitochondria, the energy-producing structures in cells, where it plays a crucial role in protecting cells from oxidative stress. SOD2 helps to neutralize superoxide radicals, which are highly reactive oxygen species that can damage DNA, proteins, and other cellular components. Dysregulation of the SOD2 gene has been linked to a variety of diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
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