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A bacterial copper metallothionein

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nigel Robinson


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Metallothioneins sequester cadmium and surplus atoms of copper and zinc to prevent aberrant metal-catalyzed reactions. The identification of a 'cryptic' copper metallothionein in the bacterium that causes tuberculosis suggests that bacterial metallothioneins may be more widespread than previously suspected. © 2008 Nature Publishing Group.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Robinson NJ

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Chemical Biology

Year: 2008

Volume: 4

Issue: 10

Pages: 582-583

ISSN (print): 1552-4450

ISSN (electronic): 1552-4469


DOI: 10.1038/nchembio1008-582