Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 119–125 | Cite as

Cyanobacterial metallothioneins: Biochemistry and molecular genetics

  • Jennifer S. Turner
  • Nigel J. Robinson


Metallothioneins have been extensively studied in many different eukaryotes where they sequester, and hence detoxify, excess amounts of certain metal ions. However, the precise functions of many of these molecules are not fully understood. This article reviews literature concerning their namesakes in prokaryotes.

Key words

Zinc homeostasis Cadmium tolerance SmtB SmtA Metal-induced-transcription Cyanobacteria Metallothionein 





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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer S. Turner
    • 1
  • Nigel J. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, The Medical SchoolUniversity of NewcastleUK

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