Vanadium biochemistry: The unknown role of vanadium-containing cells in ascidians (sea squirts)

@article{Smith2005VanadiumBT,
  title={Vanadium biochemistry: The unknown role of vanadium-containing cells in ascidians (sea squirts)},
  author={M. J. Smith},
  journal={Experientia},
  year={2005},
  volume={45},
  pages={452-457}
}
  • M. Smith
  • Published 15 May 1989
  • Chemistry
  • Experientia
This article reviews several new developments in vanadium biochemistry, as elucidated from studies of ascidians. A hypothesis correlating ascidian blood cell function to anaerobiosis, via two prominent redox constituents, namely vanadium(III) and the tunichromes, a family of metal ion complexing/reducing hydroquinonoid peptides, is presented. 
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