Diversity of Cluster Structures in Mammalian Metallothionein: Interplay Between Metal Ions and Polypeptide Chain

  • M. Vašák
  • R. Bogumil
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASEN2, volume 26)


After introducing the 3D structure of mammalian metallothioneins (MTs), a class of low molecular weight metal-binding proteins, spectroscopic evidence for the metal selectivity of clusters and their structural changes upon binding of different divalent metal ions is presented. An interplay between both the chemistry of metal ions and the steric requirements of the polypeptide chain as the cause of the diversity of the metal-thiolate cluster structures in MT is discussed. Moreover, a metal-assisted ligand (apoMT) preorganization as a general concept for the formation of MT structure has been proposed.


Mossbauer Spectrum Cluster Volume Cysteine Thiolates Metal Selectivity Magnetic Susceptibility Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Vašák
    • 1
  • R. Bogumil
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemisches Institut der Universität ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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