Published online Nov 20, 2015. doi: 10.5493/wjem.v5.i4.218
Peer-review started: June 20, 2015
First decision: July 27, 2015
Revised: October 12, 2015
Accepted: November 3, 2015
Article in press: November 4, 2015
Published online: November 20, 2015
Core tip: This review shows that antioxidant enzymes are very important factors for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic disease, but more studies are required to understand whether they can be used as markers for diagnosis of coronary artery disease. The presence of polymorphic genes that increases the activity and expression of these enzymes can be considered important for the development of new therapeutic strategies. In our opinion further efforts should be directed especially on this last point, in order to find new therapies to increase the function of antioxidant enzymes in metabolic disease or other risk factors.