Encyclopedia of Metalloproteins

2013 Edition
| Editors: Robert H. Kretsinger, Vladimir N. Uversky, Eugene A. Permyakov

Boron-containing Compounds, Regulation of Therapeutic Potential

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1533-6_482

Synonyms

Definition

Boron is a micronutrient element necessary for the growth and development of vascular plants, marine algae and algal flagellates, diatoms, and cyanobacteria. Although boron has not been yet shown to be an essential nutrient in animal cells, more data will probably support this role in the future.

Boron compounds with therapeutic potential are the inorganic or organic compounds that contain boron as an integral part of the molecule and possess interesting pharmacological properties like hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory, anti-osteoporosis, and antineoplastic.

Introduction

Boron (B) has been shown to possess the following characteristics: (1) It is a cell signaling molecule. (2) It is a co-factor of the enzymes it regulates. (3) It is a nonenzymatic cofactor. (4) It plays both structural and functional...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of CraiovaCraiovaRomania