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Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003)

Therapeutic potential of selenium and tellurium compounds: opportunities yet unrealised.


PMID 22252404

Abstract

Despite being disparaged for their malodorous and toxic demeanour, compounds of selenium, a bio-essential element, and tellurium, offer possibilities as therapeutic agents. Herein, their potential use as drugs, for example, as anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory agents, etc., will be surveyed along with a summary of the established biological functions of selenium. The natural biological functions of tellurium remain to be discovered.