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MILS-16 provides an up-to-date review of the impact of alkali metal ions on life. Their bioinorganic chemistry and analytical determination, the solid state structures of bio-ligand complexes and the properties of alkali metal ions in solution in the context of all kinds of biologically relevant ligands are covered, this includes proteins (enzymes) and nucleic acids (G-quadruplexes). Minerals containing sodium (Na+) and potassium (K+) are abundant in the Earth's crust, making Na+ and K+ easily available. In contrast, the alkali elements lithium (Li+), rubidium, and cesium are rare and the radioactive francium occurs only in traces. Since the intra- and extracellular, as well as the compartmental concentrations of Na+ and K+ differ significantly, homeostasis and active transport of these ions are important; this involves transporters/carriers and pore-forming ion channel proteins. Systems like Na+/K+-ATPases, H+/K+-ATPases or Na+/H+ antiporters are thoroughly discussed. The role of K+ in photosynthesis and the role of Na+ in charging the "battery of life" are pointed out. Also, the relationships between alkali metal ions and diseases (e.g., Parkinson or traumatic brain injury) are covered and the relevance of Li+ salts in medicine (pharmacology and mechanism) is reviewed. This and more is treated in an authoritative and timely manner in the 16 stimulating chapters of Volume 16, The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life, which are written by 44 internationally recognized experts from 12 nations. The impact of this vibrant research area is manifested in nearly 3000 references, over 30 tables and more than 150 illustrations (two thirds in color). MILS-16 also provides excellent information for teaching.

Astrid Sigel, Helmut Sigel, and Roland K. O. Sigel have long-standing interests in Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Their research focuses on metal ion interactions with nucleotides and nucleic acids and on related topics. They edited previously 44 volumes in the series Metal Ions in Biological Systems.


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Provides the most up-to-date review of the impact of alkali metal ions on life

Brings together structural and microbial biology, inorganic biological chemistry and environmental biochemistry

Focusses on the activation, transformation and syntheses of environmentally relevant gases

Written by 44 internationally recognized experts from 12 nations


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MILS-16 provides an up-to-date review of the impact of alkali metal ions on life. Their bioinorganic chemistry and analytical determination, the solid state structures of bio-ligand complexes and the properties of alkali metal ions in solution in the context of all kinds of biologically relevant ligands are covered, this includes proteins (enzymes) and nucleic acids (G-quadruplexes). Minerals containing sodium (Na+) and potassium (K+) are abundant in the Earth's crust, making Na+ and K+ easily available. In contrast, the alkali elements lithium (Li+), rubidium, and cesium are rare and the radioactive francium occurs only in traces. Since the intra- and extracellular, as well as the compartmental concentrations of Na+ and K+ differ significantly, homeostasis and active transport of these ions are important; this involves transporters/carriers and pore-forming ion channel proteins. Systems like Na+/K+-ATPases, H+/K+-ATPases or Na+/H+ antiporters are thoroughly discussed. The role of K+ in photosynthesis and the role of Na+ in charging the "battery of life" are pointed out. Also, the relationships between alkali metal ions and diseases (e.g., Parkinson or traumatic brain injury) are covered and the relevance of Li+ salts in medicine (pharmacology and mechanism) is reviewed. This and more is treated in an authoritative and timely manner in the 16 stimulating chapters of Volume 16, The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life, which are written by 44 internationally recognized experts from 12 nations. The impact of this vibrant research area is manifested in nearly 3000 references, over 30 tables and more than 150 illustrations (two thirds in color). MILS-16 also provides excellent information for teaching.

Astrid Sigel, Helmut Sigel, and Roland K. O. Sigel have long-standing interests in Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Their research focuses on metal ion interactions with nucleotides and nucleic acids and on related topics. They edited previously 44 volumes in the series Metal Ions in Biological Systems.


Contents:

1. Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Alkali Metal Ions; Youngsam Kim, Thuy Tien Nguyen, and David G. Churchill

2. Determination of Alkali Ions in Biological and Environmental Samples; Peter C. Hauser

3. Solid State Structures of Alkali Metal Ion Complexes Formed by Low-Molecular-Weight Ligands of Biological Relevance; Katsuyuki Aoki, Kazutaka Murayama, and Ning-Hai Hu

4. Discriminating Properties of Alkali Metal Ions towards the Constituents of Proteins and Nucleic Acids. Conclusions from Gas-Phase and Theoretical Studies; Mary T. Rodgers and Peter B. Armentrout

5. Alkali Metal Ion Complexes with Phosphates, Nucleotides, Amino Acids, and Related Ligands of Biological Relevance. Their Properties in Solution; Francesco Crea, Concetta De Stefano, Claudia Foti, Gabriele Lando, Demetrio Milea, and Silvio Sammartano

6. Sodium and Potassium Interactions with Nucleic Acids; Pascal Auffinger, Luigi D'Ascenzo, and Eric Ennifar

7. Role of Alkali Metal Ions in G-Quadruplex Nucleic Acid Structure and Stability; Eric Largy, Jean-Louis Mergny and Valérie Gabelica

8. Sodium and Potassium Ions in Proteins and Enzyme Catalysis; Milan Vašák and Joachim Schnabl

9. Roles and Transport of Sodium and Potassium in Plants; Manuel Nieves-Cordones, Fouad Razzaq Al Shiblawi, and Hervé Sentenac

10. Potassium versus Sodium Selectivity in Monovalent Ion Channel Selectivity Filters; Carmay Lim and Todor Dudev

11. Sodium as Coupling Cation in Respiratory Energy Conversion; Günter Fritz and Julia Steuber

12. Sodium-Proton (Na+/H+) Antiporters: Properties and Roles in Health and Disease; Etana Padan and Meytal Landau

13. Proton-Potassium (H+/K+) ATPases: Properties and Roles in Health and Diseases; Hideki Sakai, Takuto Fujii, and Noriaki Takeguchi

14. Bioinspired Artificial Sodium and Potassium Ion Channels; Nuria Rodríguez-Vázquez, Alberto Fuertes, Manuel Amorín, and Juan R. Granja

15. Lithium in Medicine: Mechanisms of Action; Duarte Mota de Freitas, Brian D. Leverson, and Jesse L. Goossens

16. Sodium and Potassium Relating to Parkinson's Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury; Yonghwang Ha, Jeong A. Jeong, Youngsam Kim, and David G. Churchill


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9783319217567
Publisher: Springer (Springer International Publishing)
Publication date: December, 2015
Pages: 600

Subcategories: Biochemistry