, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 325-339

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Chemical aspects of siderophore mediated iron transport

  • Hakim BoukhalfaAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Duke University
  • , Alvin L. CrumblissAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Duke University

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In this mini-review we describe selected aspects of the coordination chemistry relevant to siderophore mediated iron transport and bioavailability. Specific emphasis is placed on a discussion of in vitro kinetic and thermodynamic data that are relevant to elucidating possible in vivo mechanisms for environmental iron acquisition by microbial cells.

bioavailability coordination chemistry iron kinetics ligand exchange mechanism metals oxidation-reduction recognition siderophore thermodynamics transport