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Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry III
Transition metal ions play many important roles in the chemistry of life. Enzymes with transition metal cofactors catalyze primary reactions in the biogeochemical cycles of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and iron, the most abundant elements in living systems. Complex clusters of metal ions and inorganic ligands are at the hearts of enzymes that (1) produce ammonia, a bio-available form of nitrogen, from inert nitrogen gas in our atmosphere; (2) oxidize water to provide electrons for the synthesis of complex carbohydrates from atmospheric carbon dioxide; and (3) reduce protons from water to make hydrogen, the central fuel of the "hydrogen economy" that many have envisioned to emerge as the earth's reserves of fossil fuels are depleted. Modern bioinorganic chemistry comprises the study of the structures, mechanisms, and cellular pathways for assembly of these globally essential, metal-containing enzymes, as well as the rational design of inorganic complexes mimicking naturally the structures and reactivities of metalloenzymes.
33rd Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, "Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry III" to be held at the University Park campus June 4-7, 2014, will gather the foremost scientists in this vibrant field to highlight recent progress in this diverse research area. Hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
2014 Summer Symposium Keynote Speaker
Jacqueline K. Barton, Ph.D.
Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering , California Institute of Technology
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