Metal-binding substances

  • Adrien Albert

Abstract

Heavy metals, in traces, are essential for all forms of life. They are taken up by the living cell as cations, and their uptake is strictly regulated because most (or all) of them are toxic in excess. A remarkable specificity has been found: seldom can an excess of one essential metal prevent the damage caused by deficiency of another. In fact, such an excess often increases the injurious effect of the deficiency.

Keywords

Magnesium Glycine Histidine Staphylococcus Transferrin 

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© Adrien Albert 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrien Albert
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    • 2
  1. 1.Research School of ChemistryAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacological SciencesState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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