Assembling the pieces. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Transition metals function as cofactors in specific proteins, catalyzing electron exchange reactions, binding substrates and stabilizing protein structure. Studies of human diseases and of model organisms have defined many of the molecular details of metal uptake, trafficking, and excretion. The current challenge is to integrate these details into a systematic view of metal content, speciation, localization and use within organisms and ecosystems.

publication date

  • March 2008