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Special Issue "Bioinorganic Chemistry of Nickel"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Interests: bioinorganic chemistry; metal trafficking; metallocenter assembly; X-ray spectroscopy; structure/function relationships in metal coordination chemistry
Interests: bioinorganic chemistry; biochemistry of metal ions; protein NMR spectroscopy; protein crystallography; nickel in biology; metal transport in biological systems; metal coordination chemistry
The chemistry of nickel in biological systems has been intensely investigated since the discovery of the essential role played by this transition metal in the enzyme urease, ca. 1975. Since then, several nickel-dependent enzymes have been discovered and characterized at the molecular level using structural, spectroscopic, and kinetic methods, and insight into reaction mechanisms has been elaborated using synthetic and computational models. The dual role of nickel as both an essential nutrient and as a toxin has prompted efforts to understand the molecular mechanisms of nickel toxicology and to uncover the means by which cells select nickel from among a pool of different and more readily available metal ions, and thus regulate the intracellular chemistry of nickel. This latter effort highlights the importance of proteins involved in the extra- and intra-cellular sensing of nickel, the roles of nickel-selective proteins for import and export, and nickel-responsive transcription factors, all of which are important for regulating nickel homeostasis. In this Special Issue, we wish to cover the most recent advances in all these aspects of nickel biochemistry by hosting a mix of original research articles and short critical reviews.
Prof. Dr. Michael J. Maroney
Prof. Dr. Stefano Ciurli
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- nickel biochemistry
- nickel homeostasis
- nickel transport
- nickel enzymes
- nickel model chemistry