Metallothionein functions and structural characteristics.

@article{Carpen2007MetallothioneinFA,
  title={Metallothionein functions and structural characteristics.},
  author={Emilio Carpen{\'e} and Giulia Andreani and Gloria Isani},
  journal={Journal of trace elements in medicine and biology : organ of the Society for Minerals and Trace Elements},
  year={2007},
  volume={21 Suppl 1},
  pages={35-9}
}
Metallothioneins (MTs) are low molecular weight proteins characterized by a high cysteine content and give rise to metal-thiolate clusters. Most MTs have two metal clusters containing three and four bivalent metal ions, respectively. The MT gene family in mammals consists of four subfamilies designated MT-1 through MT-4. MT-3 is expressed predominantly in brain and MT-4 in differentiating stratified squamous epithelial cells. Many reports have addressed MT structure and function, but despite… CONTINUE READING

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