Structural Functions

  • Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 7)


Metal ions and compounds serve biological structural functions at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. The microscopic structural function is served when a metal ion plays a role in maintaining the tertiary or quaternary structure of a protein, polynucleotide, or other biological molecule. Metal compounds also constitute the important portions of skeletal or shell structures of organisms; this is their macroscopic structural function. Calcium and silicon play roles in maintaining the integrity of tissues; this task can be regarded to be intermediate between the macroscopic and the microscopic structural functions.


Hyaluronic Acid Structural Function Silicic Acid Quaternary Structure Galacturonic Acid 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
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  1. 1.Juniata CollegeHuntingdonUSA

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