The Bioinorganic Periodic Table

Authors

  • Eva Freisinger Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich;, Email: freisinger@chem.uzh.ch
  • Roland K.O. Sigel Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich;, Email: roland.sigel@chem.uzh.ch

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2019.185

Keywords:

Bioinorganic chemistry, Metal ions, Metalloenzymes, Periodic table, Trace metals

Abstract

Life depends on metals. While carbon, in terms of abundance and versatility, is considered THE element of life, the vast variety and diversity of the chemistry taking place in living organisms could not be achieved without metal ions. More than twenty metals are found in the human body, most of them being essential, some beneficial, and for others it is still unknown what role they might fulfil in a living cell. Here we give a short introduction into the bioinorganic world of the periodic table, providing just a few examples of key metals for life and aiming to give a flavour to gain further insights into this exciting field of inorganic chemistry at the intersection to the life sciences.

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Published

2019-03-27

How to Cite

[1]
E. Freisinger, R. K. Sigel, Chimia 2019, 73, 185, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2019.185.