Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 201–228

Effects of lanthanum in cellular systems

A review

Authors

  • Tandra Das
    • Centre for Advanced Study in Cell and Chromosome Research, Department of BotanyUniversity of Calcutta
  • Archana Sharma
    • Centre for Advanced Study in Cell and Chromosome Research, Department of BotanyUniversity of Calcutta
  • Geeta Talukder
    • Centre for Advanced Study in Cell and Chromosome Research, Department of BotanyUniversity of Calcutta
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02917504

Cite this article as:
Das, T., Sharma, A. & Talukder, G. Biol Trace Elem Res (1988) 18: 201. doi:10.1007/BF02917504

Abstract

Lanthanum belongs to the group of elements known as “lanthanons,” which also includes cerium, europium, promethium, and thulium. It is the most electropositive element of the rare earth group, is uniformly trivalent, and is similar in its chemical properties to the alkaline earth elements. The effects of this element and its compounds on cellular systems are of considerable interest because of their increasing use in industry and as a substitute or antagonist for calcium in a variety of cellular reactions. Lanthanum is also being employed extensively in studying anatomical barriers, membrane structure, and subcellular transport systems, particularly the calcium pathway.

Index Entries

Lanthanum cytotoxic effects

Copyright information

© The Humana Press Inc. 1988