Metal Ions in Biological Systems: Volume 40: The Lanthanides and Their Interrelations with Biosystems

Helmut Sigel

March 27, 2003 by CRC Press
Reference - 800 Pages
ISBN 9780824742454 - CAT# DK2840
Series: Metal Ions in Biological Systems


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  • Examines distribution of lanthanide ions in the Earth's crust, their mobilization through the terrestrial biosphere, and their complexing properties in solution and in the solid state
  • Discusses the use of lanthanide ions as probes in metal ion-dependent enzyme systems, in electron transfer proteins, for structural and mechanistic studies of ribozymes, as fluorescence labels for diagnostics, and as responsive luminescent species in the form of their complexes
  • Covers the use of lanthanide complexes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and their interactions with proteins
  • Includes the metabolism and toxicity of these elements, as well as their potential pharmacological actions
  • Summary

    The Metal Ions in Biological Systems series is devoted to increasing our understanding of the relationship between the chemistry of metals and life processes. The volumes reflect the interdisciplinary nature of bioinorganic chemistry and coordinate the efforts of researchers in the fields of biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, environmental chemistry, biophysics, pharmacy, and medicine. Written by 36 internationally recognized experts and enriched with nearly 200 illustrations, Volume 40 highlights fast moving research on lanthanides and their interrelations with biosystems and emphasizes their recent impact in biochemical and biological studies, and in medicine.