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Reactive carbonyl species (RCS) are molecules with highly reactive carbonyl groups, and often known for their damaging effects on proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. They are often generated as metabolic products or derived from the environment. Several RCS have been found to activate caspase-like proteases in plants. Categories of reactive species include α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds and dialdehydes.
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