Recurring Structural Motifs in Bioinorganic Chemistry

Jr Que, W. B. Tolman

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In the sixteen years since the publication of Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry (CCC, 1987) bioinorganic chemistry has undergone significant development and matured into a multidisciplinary field with coordination chemistry at its locus.1–6 The field has greatly benefited from advances in macromolecular crystallography, which have led to the structural characterization of many metalloenzyme active sites. From this ever-expanding database can be discerned a number of recurring structural motifs, whose physical and reactivity properties can be further modulated by secondary protein interactions.7 We present the following overview and accompanying gallery of active-site structures to serve as a framework for the more detailed discussions in the component chapters of this volume. The coverage of topics is not comprehensive; rather, the choice of examples is meant solely to be illustrative of motifs common to multiple metalloprotein systems with often diverse functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBio-coordination Chemistry
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780080437484
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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