Monitoring Cellular Metals | September 20, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 38 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 88 Issue 38 | pp. 29-30
Issue Date: September 20, 2010

Monitoring Cellular Metals

ACS Meeting News: Techniques are being developed to probe the location and concentration of essential metal species in cells
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: zinc, copper, iron, cells, fluorescence

Certain transition metals—such as zinc, copper, and iron, three of the most abundant metals in biological systems—are essential to life. Those same metals, however, can also be toxic at excessive concentrations. And although researchers have made progress in identifying individual metal-dependent enzymes and some of the mechanisms involved in essential metal uptake and regulation, there is still a lot to be learned about the location, speciation, and flux of metals within cells. At the American . . .

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