© 1982

Inflammatory Diseases and Copper

The Metabolic and Therapeutic Roles of Copper and Other Essential Metalloelements in Humans

  • John R. J. Sorenson

Part of the Experimental Biology and Medicine book series (EBAM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Physiological Aspects of Copper Metabolism

  3. Physiological Aspects of Copper Metabolism

  4. Biochemical Aspects of Copper Metabolism

    1. A. Zgirski, M. V. Chidambaram, E. Frieden
      Pages 171-181
    2. Edward D. Harris, Robert A. DiSilvestro, James E. Balthrop
      Pages 183-198
    3. Garry R. Buettner
      Pages 199-207

About this book


In 1928, it was discovered that copper was essential for normal human metabolism. A decade later, in 1938, it was observed that patients with rheu­ matoid arthritis exhibited a higher than normal serum copper concentration that returned to normal with remission of this disease. Thirteen years later, it was found that copper complexes were effective in treating arthritic dis­ eases. The first report that copper complexes had antiinflammatory activity in an animal model of inflammation appeared twenty-two years after the dis­ covery of essentiality. In 1976, it was suggested that the active forms of the antiarthritic drugs are their copper complexes formed in vivo. This sugges­ tion has been confirmed and extended in the interim in over 200 recent publications. Individual biomedical scientists from many countries who have published in these areas recently saw a need for a meeting to exchange current re­ supporting new hypotheses. We search results and discuss the evidence met on the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock, Arkansas, August 10-13, 1981. Participants came from Australia, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, Zimbabwe, and over twenty of the United States.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John R. J. Sorenson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Department of Pharmacology, College of MedicineUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Inflammatory Diseases and Copper
  • Book Subtitle The Metabolic and Therapeutic Roles of Copper and Other Essential Metalloelements in Humans
  • Authors John R. J. Sorenson
  • Series Title Experimental Biology and Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1982
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-037-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-5831-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-5829-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 622
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biochemistry, general
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