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A bacterial copper metallothionein

Nature Chemical Biology volume 4, pages 582583 (2008) | Download Citation

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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.

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  1. Nigel J. Robinson is in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle NE2 4HH, UK.  n.j.robinson@ncl.ac.uk

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