The Iron-Sulphur Proteins: Evolution of a Ubiquitous Protein from the Origin of Life to Higher Organisms

  • D. O. Hall
  • R. Cammack
  • K. K. Rao


Iron-sulphur (Fe-S) proteins are a group of metalloproteins containing one or more iron atoms liganded to cysteine sulphurs of the protein chain. They occur in all forms of life, from the most primitive bacteria to higher plants and animals in which their major function is as electron transfer agents in many biological reactions (1,2). Some of the properties of Fe-S proteins are listed in Table I. The ferredoxins are members of the group of Fe-S proteins which contain two or more non-haem iron atoms and an equivalent amount of labile sulphur per molecule. They are relatively small proteins with molecular weights ranging from 5500 to 12,500 and have been isolated from bacteria, algae, plants, and animals (3,4).


Ferredoxin Molecule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. O. Hall
    • 1
  • R. Cammack
    • 1
  • K. K. Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of London King’s CollegeLondonUK

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