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Copper is required by all living systems. Cells have a variety of mechanisms to deal with this essential, yet toxic trace element. A recently discovered facet of homeostatic mechanisms is the protein-mediated, intracellular delivery of copper to target proteins. This routing is accomplished by a novel class of proteins, the 'copper chaperones'. They are a family of conserved proteins present in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, which suggests that copper chaperones are used throughout nature for intracellular copper routing.
Author(s): Harrison MD, Jones CE, Solioz M, Dameron CT
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
ISSN (print): 0968-0004
ISSN (electronic): 0167-7640