Metals: Setting a trap for copper

October 26th, 2014 by Valeria Culotta

Nature Chemical Biology 10, 986 (2014). doi:10.1038/nchembio.1686

Author: Valeria Culotta

In the assembly of metalloenzymes, the matching of metals and proteins must occur with absolute precision. When zinc-starved, Chlamydomonas maintains its balance of metals by sequestering copper in electron-dense traps for metals, thus preventing mishaps in protein metallation.