Biochemical Techniques Which Employ Lanthanides

  • C. H. Evans
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 8)


Only trace amounts of the lanthanides are normally present in living systems (Section 7.2), and they are not known to play any metabolic role. Consequently, they have attracted the attention of biochemists not because of their physiological functions, but because of their several extremely valuable experimental uses. The most important of these exploit their ability to serve as informative spectroscopic probes of the interactions of Ca2+ and, to a lesser degree, other metal ions with molecules of biochemical interest. However, there also exists a large literature on their use in electron microscopy, in enzyme assay, and in a number of other types of biochemical investigation. These applications of the lanthanides rest upon their chemical properties, which were described in Chapter 2. In the present chapter, the ways in which these properties are put to experimental use are described.


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  • C. H. Evans
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  1. 1.The Ferguson LaboratoryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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