What is the function of neuroglobin?

  title={What is the function of neuroglobin?},
  author={Thorsten Burmester and Thomas Hankeln},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={212 Pt 10},
For a long time, haemoglobin and myoglobin had been assumed to represent the only globin types of vertebrates. In 2000, however, we discovered a third globin type by mining the genome sequence data. Based on a preferential expression in the nervous system, this globin is referred to as neuroglobin. Despite nine years of research, its function is still uncertain and a number of hypotheses have been put forward. Neuroglobin enhances cell viability under hypoxia and under various types of… CONTINUE READING