Biochemistry of Metallothionein

  • Ananda S. Prasad
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 11)


Historically the term metallothionein (MT) has been used to designate the Cd-, Zn-, and Cu-containing sulfur-rich protein from equine renal cortex (Kagi and Vallee, 1960). The major characteristics of this protein were defined by Kagi et al. (1974) and Kojima et al. (1976).


Toxic Trace Element Thiolate Ligand Metal Thiolate Mammalian Form Metallothionein Gene Expression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ananda S. Prasad
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and OncologyWayne State University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Harper HospitalDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Administration Medical CenterAllen ParkUSA

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