Involvement of metallothionein in the hepatic metabolism of copper.

  title={Involvement of metallothionein in the hepatic metabolism of copper.},
  author={I Bremner},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  volume={117 1},
  • I Bremner
  • Published 1987 in The Journal of nutrition
Metallothionein (MT) is often a major copper-binding protein in the liver, particularly of copper-loaded animals. This review describes the isolation of hepatic copper-MT, its physicochemical properties, biosynthesis and intracellular distribution, and possible routes for its degradation and secretion. There is increasing evidence that MT plays an important role in the cellular detoxification of copper, although an involvement in the uptake, storage and transfer of copper has also been proposed… CONTINUE READING

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