Insight into the evolution of the iron oxidation pathways.

  title={Insight into the evolution of the iron oxidation pathways.},
  author={Marianne Ilbert and Violaine Bonnefoy},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  volume={1827 2},
Iron is a ubiquitous element in the universe. Ferrous iron (Fe(II)) was abundant in the primordial ocean until the oxygenation of the Earth's atmosphere led to its widespread oxidation and precipitation. This change of iron bioavailability likely put selective pressure on the evolution of life. This element is essential to most extant life forms and is an important cofactor in many redox-active proteins involved in a number of vital pathways. In addition, iron plays a central role in many… CONTINUE READING
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