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Metal Ions in Biological Systems


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Recently, the importance of metal ions to the vital functions of living organisms, hence, their health and well-being, has become increasingly apparent. As a result, the long-neglected field of "bioinorganic chemistry" is now developing at a rapid pace. The research centers on the synthesis, stability, formation, structure, and reactivity of biological metal ion-containing compounds of low and high molecular weight. The metabolism and transport of metal ions and their complexes are being studied, and new models for complicated natural structures and processes are being devised and tested. The focal point of our attention is the connection between the chemistry of metal ions and their role for life.

No doubt, we are only at the brink of this process. Thus, it is with the intention of linking coordination chemistry and biochemistry in their widest sense that the Metal Ions in Biological Systems series reflects the growing field of "bioinorganic chemistry". We hope, also, that this series will help to break down the barriers among the historically separate spheres of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, medicine, and physics, with the expectation that a good deal of future outstanding discoveries will be made in the interdisciplinary areas of science.

Should this series prove a stimulus for new activities in this fascinating "field", it would serve its purpose and would be a satisfactory result for the efforts spent by the authors.

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Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 29: Biological Properties of Metal Alkyl Derivatives

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 29: Biological Properties of Metal Alkyl Derivatives

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel, Astrid Sigel
January 19, 1993

This volume is devoted to the research area regarding the biological properties of metal alkyl derivatives, offering an authoritative account of this subject by 16 scientists. In 11 chapters, Biological Properties of Metal Alkyl Derivatives highlights, in detail, derivatives of germanium, tin, lead...

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 28: Degradation of Environmental Pollutants by Microorganisms and Their Metalloenzymes

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 28: Degradation of Environmental Pollutants by Microorganisms and Their Metalloenzymes

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel, Astrid Sigel
March 25, 1992

Continuing to explore the relationship between the chemistry of metals and life processes, this volume in the Metal Ions in Biological Systems series examines the degradation of environmental pollutants by micro-organisms. It covers the action of micro-organisms and metalloenzymes on lignin, ...

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 27: Electron Transfer Reactions in Metalloproteins

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 27: Electron Transfer Reactions in Metalloproteins

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel, Astrid Sigel
March 15, 1991

Part of a series devoted to understanding the relationship between the chemistry of metals and life processes, the present volume offers contributions by 25 scientists covering mechanistic considerations, electron tunneling pathways, photoinduced and stereoselective effects in electron transfer reac...

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 26: Compendium on Magnesium and Its Role in Biology: Nutrition and Physiology

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 26: Compendium on Magnesium and Its Role in Biology: Nutrition and Physiology

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel, Astrid Sigel
June 28, 1990

Thirty chapters provide a handbook-like treatment of magnesium and its function in the environment, its bioinorganic chemistry, its role for plants and in animal and human nutrition, its biochemistry and physiology, and its relation to human health and disease. The last 20 years have seen a prolifer...

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 24: Aluminum and its Role in Biology

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 24: Aluminum and its Role in Biology

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel, Astrid Sigel
August 24, 1988

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 23: Nickel and its Role in Biology

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 23: Nickel and its Role in Biology

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel, Astrid Sigel
March 30, 1988

This book considers nickel in the environment and in aquatic systems and outlines its role for plants. It discusses the toxicology of nickel compounds and the role of nickel in carcinogenesis, focusing on the analysis of nickel in biological materials and the related difficulties....

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 22: Endor: EPR, and Electron Spin Echo for Probing Coordination Spheres

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 22: Endor: EPR, and Electron Spin Echo for Probing Coordination Spheres

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
November 25, 1986

This volume focuses on the physical methods to probe the coordination sphere of metal ions in biological systems, which are based on para-magnetic species, namely, the electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and electron spin echo (ESE) techniques....

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 21: Applications of Magnetic Resonance to Paramagnetic Species

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 21: Applications of Magnetic Resonance to Paramagnetic Species

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
September 29, 1986

This book facilitates a wider use of nuclear magnetic resonance in studies of paramagnetic species. It summarizes studies of magnetically coupled metalloproteins, of paramagnetic heme proteins, and of metal-porphyrin-induced dipolar shifts for conformational analysis....

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 20: Concepts on Metal Ion Toxicity

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 20: Concepts on Metal Ion Toxicity

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
February 21, 1986

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 19: Antibiotics and Their Complexes

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 19: Antibiotics and Their Complexes

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
July 30, 1985

This volume is an attempt to improve the understanding of the coordination chemistry and action of the biologically important compounds, also termed antibiotics, and to stimulate further research in this area, describing the properties of the biologically important compounds....

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 17: Calcium and its Role in Biology

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 17: Calcium and its Role in Biology

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
April 03, 1984

This book is wholly devoted to Ca2+ metal ion, as it is so important in regulating a wide variety of biological activities. It deals with calcium and brain proteins, the role of ca2+ in exocytosis, blood coagulation, and the regulation of the skeletal muscle contraction-relaxation cycle....

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