The Metals in the Biological Periodic System of the Elements: Concepts and Conjectures
AbstractA significant number of chemical elements are either essential for life with known functions, or present in organisms with poorly defined functional outcomes. We do not know all the essential elements with certainty and we know even less about the functions of apparently non-essential elements. In this article, I discuss a basis for a biological periodic system of the elements and that biochemistry should include the elements that are traditionally part of inorganic chemistry and not only those that are in the purview of organic chemistry. A biological periodic system of the elements needs to specify what “essential” means and to which biological species it refers. It represents a snapshot of our present knowledge and is expected to undergo further modifications in the future. An integrated approach of biometal sciences called metallomics is required to understand the interactions of metal ions, the biological functions that their chemical structures acquire in the biological system, and how their usage is fine-tuned in biological species and in populations of species with genetic variations (the variome). View Full-Text
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Maret, W. The Metals in the Biological Periodic System of the Elements: Concepts and Conjectures. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 66.
Maret W. The Metals in the Biological Periodic System of the Elements: Concepts and Conjectures. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2016; 17(1):66.Chicago/Turabian Style
Maret, Wolfgang. 2016. "The Metals in the Biological Periodic System of the Elements: Concepts and Conjectures." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 17, no. 1: 66.
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