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Metal Ions in Biological Systems


About the Series

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 15: Zinc and its Role in Biology and Nutrition

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 15: Zinc and its Role in Biology and Nutrition

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
March 25, 1983

This volume first considers the categories of zinc metalloenzymes, together with models of the enzymic metal-ion binding sites. It covers the nutritional aspects of zinc: its absorption and excretion, its influence on the activity of enzymes and hormones, and the zinc deficiency syndrome....

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 14: Inorganic Drugs in Deficiency and Disease

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 14: Inorganic Drugs in Deficiency and Disease

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
February 26, 1982

This book describes drug metal-ion interactions in the gut and deals with the deficiency of zinc and iron and their pharmacological use. It covers anti-inflammatory activities of copper and gold complexes and considers the role of metal ions and chelating agents in anti-viral chemotherapy....

Metal Ions in Biological Systems Volume 9: Amino Acids and Derivatives as Ambivalent Ligands

Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 9: Amino Acids and Derivatives as Ambivalent Ligands

1st Edition

Edited By Helmut Sigel
July 01, 1979

This book focuses on the connection between the chemistry of metal ions and their role for life, and covers complexes with a number of amino acids with chelatable side chain donor atoms. It discusses metal ion-protein interactions and the ligating ambivalency of nucleotides....

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