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Special Issue "Metalloproteins"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Eugene Permyakov

Chief Researcher of the Institute for Biological Instrumentation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 7 Institutskaya str., Pushchino, Moscow region 142290, Russia
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Interests: metal binding proteins; calcium binding proteins; intrinsically disordered proteins; intrinsic protein fluorescence; parvalbumin; α-lactalbumin; S100 proteins; recoverin
Guest Editor
Dr. Sergey Permyakov

Director of the Institute for Biological Instrumentation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 7 Institutskaya str., Pushchino, Moscow Region 142290, Russia
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Interests: protein purification; bioinformatics and computational biology; protein–protein interaction; structural biology; protein folding; microcalorimetry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal ions play a very important role in functioning of all biological systems, without any exceptions,. All biological processes occur, even when only in the background of high concentrations of metal ions and some directly depend on metal ions. Specific interactions of metal ions with biopolymers and, firstly, with proteins, play a critical role. Ten to thirteen metals are vitally important for living organisms: Na, K, Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, Co, Zn, Cu, Ni, V, W, Mo. Metal ions are also essential in proteins: structural, regulatory, and enzymatic. The binding of some metal ions increases stability of proteins or protein domains. Some metal ions can regulate various cell processes as first, second or third messengers. Some others, especially transition metal ions, take part in the catalysis process in many enzymes. They are further an integral part of many enzymes and are indispensable in several catalytic reactions, e.g., hydrolytic, redox and isomerization reactions. In particular, transition metals, such as Fe, Cu, and Mn, are involved in many redox processes requiring electron transfer. Alkali and alkaline earth ions, especially Na(I), K(I), and Ca(II), play a vital role in triggering cellular responses. Metal ions are increasingly studied by researchers due to their involvement in many pathological processes. In spite of the fact that many metal binding proteins are well studied, a detailed study of structural, physico-chemical and functional properties of metal binding proteins and their interactions is still an important and ongoing task in modern biology. The Special Issue of Molecules aims to identify and review the latest achievements in the area of studies of metal binding proteins: their structure, properties and functions.

Prof. Dr. Eugene Permyakov
Dr. Sergey Permyakov
Guest Editors

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  • Metalloproteins
  • Metal binding proteins
  • Structure
  • Properties
  • Functions

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