Outstanding Reviewers for Metallomics in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Metallomics in 2018, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Manuel Aureliano, University of Algarve ORCiD: 0000-0003-4858-3201

Dr Jason Burkhead, University of Alaska Anchorage ORCiD: 0000-0001-5457-311X

Dr James A Cowan, Ohio State University ORCiD: 0000-0002-4686-6825

Dr Angela Fleischhacker, University of Michigan Medical School ORCiD: 0000-0003-0818-3203

Dr Dominic Hare, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health ORCiD: 0000-0002-5922-7643

Dr Federico Maria Rubino, University of Milan ORCiD: 0000-0001-9620-1883

Professor Teresita Padilla-Benavides, University of Massachusetts  ORCiD: 0000-0002-4624-0822

Dr Daniel Raimunda, Medical Research Institute Mercedes and Martín Ferreyra – CONICET – UNC ORCiD: 0000-0001-7392-1407

Dr Nikolay Solovyev, St. Petersburg State University ORCiD: 0000-0002-6217-6963

Dr Martin Stillman, The University of Western Ontario ORCiD: 0000-0001-6799-7560

We would also like to thank the Metallomics board and the metallomics community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

 

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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The 7th International Symposium on Metallomics

The 7th International Symposium on Metallomics will be held from 30th June – 3rd July, 2019, Warsaw, Poland.

Early bird registration fee ends March 29th, 2019.

Submission of abstracts of posters is still open!

By attending Metallomics Symposium 2019 in Warsaw, you will meet carefully selected, top class scientists who influenced the past, influence the present, and most importantly emerging young scientists who will shape the future of metallomics. Facilitating a global co-operation between scientists and institutions is another benefit.

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Out Now: Metallomics Emerging Investigators Themed Issue

Guest-edited by Metallomics Editorial Board member Katherine F. Franz (Duke University), the special issue is a collection of invited papers highlighting the excellent work being carried out by leading scientists at an early stage of their career.

We are delighted to announce that the Metallomics themed issue Emerging Investigators 2019, featuring papers from some of the rising stars of metallomics research, is now online and free to access.

We are committed to supporting up-and-coming scientists in the early stages of their independent careers and our Emerging Investigator Series provides a platform for early career researchers to showcase their best work to a broad audience. This will greatly benefit the community, through continued exposure to the exciting work being done by its early career members. Authors also benefit due to the increased visibility and exposure that the themed issue generates.

It includes:

Editorial
Metallomics: Emerging Investigators 2019
Katherine F. Franz
Metallomics, 2019, 11, 9-14, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT90047G

Perspective
Across the spectrum: integrating multidimensional metal analytics for in situ metallomic imaging
Theodora J. Stewart
Metallomics, 2019,11, 29-49, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00235E

Minireview
Zinc finger domains as therapeutic targets for metal-based compounds – an update
C. Abbehausen
Metallomics, 2019,11, 15-28, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00262B

Tutorial Review
Metal-dependent hormone function: the emerging interdisciplinary field of metalloendocrinology
Michael J. Stevenson, Kylie S. Uyeda, Nathaniel H. O. Harder and Marie C. Heffern
Metallomics, 2019,11, 85-110, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00221E

Critical Review
Handling of nutrient copper in the bacterial envelope
Louisa J. Stewart, Denis Thaqi, Bostjan Kobe, Alastair G. McEwan, Kevin J. Waldron and Karrera Y. Djoko
Metallomics, 2019,11, 50-63, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00218E

Papers
Characterization of the metal status of natively purified alpha-synuclein from human blood, brain tissue, or recombinant sources using size exclusion ICP-MS reveals no significant binding of Cu, Fe or Zn
Amber Lothian, Larissa Lago, Soumya Mukherjee, Andrea R. Connor, Chris Fowler, Catriona A. McLean, Malcolm Horne, Colin L. Masters, Roberto Cappai and Blaine R. Roberts
Metallomics, 2019,11, 128-140, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00223A

Time-dependent shotgun proteomics revealed distinct effects of an organoruthenium prodrug and its activation product on colon carcinoma cells
Samuel M. Meier-Menches, Katja Zappe, Andrea Bileck, Dominique Kreutz, Ammar Tahir, Margit Cichna-Markl and Christopher Gerner
Metallomics, 2019,11, 118-127, DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00152A

We hope that you enjoy reading the articles!

 

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Metallomics Themed Collection in Memory of Silvia Atrian

Metallomics has recently published a collection of articles dedicated to the memory of Silvia Atrian. Silvia made numerous valuable contributions to the scientific community. Her insightful work exploring the metal binding abilities of metallothioneins in many species, which lead to a new classification proposal aimed at understanding their functionality, has helped bring clarity to a complex set of questions. In addition to her work, she will be remembered by members of the community for her generosity of spirit and her willingness to work with and help others in the field.

Guest Edited by her long-time collaborator Mercè Capdevila, we hope that this collection of papers in Metallomics will be a fitting memorial to an inspiring mentor and outstanding scientist. You can access the full collection of articles at rsc.li/metallomics-atrian-collection

The following blog post celebrates the life and work of Silvia Atrian and was written by Silvia’s friends and collaborators Mercè Capdevila and Òscar Palacios.


An Outstanding Scientific Career

Silvia Atrian was born in Barcelona (Catalunya, Spain) on the 6th January 1957 and left us on the 5th December 2016, just one month before her 60th birthday. As one of our most appreciated and long-lasting collaborators and friends said, “We would all have needed her great heart and her skills for much more time to come (R. Dallinger 05/12/2016)”.

Silvia was always an excellent student. She achieved her bachelor degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1980 and received her PhD from the same university in 1984. Her academic and scientific life was always linked to the UB, where she was soon incorporated as a predoctoral fellow (Department of Genetics of the Faculty of Biology). After gaining her PhD, in 1984, she became assistant professor until 1986, when she was admitted to a position as Associate Professor. She held this position until 2003 when she won the University Professor’s Contest at the Department of Genetics Microbiology and Statistics at the Biology Faculty of the UB.

Her doctoral thesis, under the direction of Dr. Roser Gonzàlez-Duarte, was developed within the framework of what was then called Biochemical Genetics, and was centered on the study of the Drosophila alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). During her postdoctoral stage, she continued with the study of this same system at the gene level, contributing to the implementation of the techniques of molecular genetics and genetic engineering in her department. She subsequently carried out a postdoctoral stay at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, U.K., 1988-1989), to introduce herself to molecular experimentation with yeasts, and the techniques of directed mutagenesis and heterologous protein expression. In 1990, back to Barcelona, she continued working with the Drosophila ADH system, which had become the model of the so-called “short chain alcohol dehydrogenases”. In collaboration with experts from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, she helped to solve its three-dimensional structure, and therefore to establish the bases of the structure/function relationship in this enzyme.

In 1991, she started working in a new line of research: “Metallothioneins, Metalloproteins and Metabolism of Metals”. After a few years she became exclusively involved in this research line, already as a principal researcher, and thus continued until the end of her life. This line is part of the study at a molecular level of the relationships between metals and living organisms. This is a new area of emerging research, conducted from an experience perspective in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, in which she worked in collaboration with an Inorganic Chemistry team of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), now directed by Dr. Mercè Capdevila. This discipline is known as “Molecular and Cellular Biology of Metals” in the field of Biology and “Bioinorganic Chemistry” in the field of Chemistry. The work she carried out focused from the first moment on the basic knowledge of Metallothioneins (MTs). The study of the structure-function relationship in MTs provides information on the interactions between proteins and metals, and allows the testing of systems of biotechnological applicability in two fundamental areas: environment and biomedicine.

Subsequently, her interests were extended to other topics, such as the metabolism of Zn and Cu, in yeast, or proteins related to the metabolism of Fe (Ferritins, Frataxins) and / or their relationship with MTs. The study of the “biology of metals” is currently entering into the integrative knowledge of all the elements (proteins) involved in this response, their interactions and their regulation.

Silvia Atrian devoted herself intensely to research and teaching, becoming involved in the implementation of subjects such as Molecular Genetics and Advanced Genetic Engineering, without forgetting her contribution to university management: she was Secretary of the Department of Genetics at the UB in two intervals, 1987 -1994 and 2000-2003, Computer Coordinator of the Department of Genetics at the UB since 1993, Member of the Research Commission of the Division III of the UB, as representative of the Department of Genetics (2000-2003), Coordinator of the Program of postgrade in Biotechnology and the Molecular Biotechnology Master’s Degree at the UB since 2005 and Vice-Rector for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer at the UB (2010-2012).

Throughout her career she participated in more than fifty public financing projects, in half of them as a principal researcher. The most recent was “Understanding of the molecular interactions between metals and biological systems for the design of biomedical and biotechnological applications. SP1-Biological Approach “, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in the National Biotechnology Program. She directed ten PhD theses and participated in a hundred publications in indexed journals, in almost two hundred communications to congresses and in three registered patents.

Her work and experience gathered in almost 30 years of research led her research team to be currently recognized internationally as one of the expert groups on the subject. She was acting as reviewer of the proposals of worldwide research projects, and of related articles in the most prestigious international journals. Silvia also participated as a member of international thesis tribunals, and established collaborations with world leaders in the field, and accepting stays in her laboratories from other national and international laboratories that requested her experience.

 

Tributes from Silvia’s Colleagues

  • “Motivation, scientific solidity, discretion, responsibility and coherence, are the most relevant features of her life and of all her professional activity. Silvia Atrian is an example of intense and honest dedication to science. Her career in teaching and research leaves a mark of quality, meticulousness, rigor and passion. All in all, a good professional model for present and future generations.” (AMIT, February 2017)
  • “Her insightful work exploring the metal binding abilities of metallothioneins in many species, which lead to a new classification proposal aimed at understanding their functionality, has helped bring clarity to a complex set of questions. The genetic framework she used to investigate metallothioneins produced many valuable papers. In addition to her work, she will be remembered by members of the community for her generosity of spirit and her willingness to work with and help others in the field.“ (Metallomics blog, 20th December 2016)
  • “She was such an energetic woman!” (Walter Shaffner 11/12/2016)
  • “Sincere, charismatic, optimistic, energetic, she knew how to make things happen. She gave me a confidence in myself that few people have been able to transmit.” (Gisela Mir 05/12/2016)
  • “I had the immense luck of meeting Silvia and her energy and dynamism always caught my attention. As a woman in the scientific world, Silvia is for me a role model.” (Olga Iranzo 05/12/2016)
  • “We will miss her execution and her ability to “draw water from stones.” I will always have with me her example of pragmatism and her ability to rescue something good from everything that surrounded her.” (Ayelen Pagani 07/12/2016)
  • “We will miss her enthusiasm and her great scientific competence. The world of metallothioneins has lost a great lady, a great scientist.” (Laurence Fraisinet-Tachet 06/12/2016)

 

Goodbye to Silvia Atrian

The collaboration of our research group with that lead by Silvia has always been very cordial, despite the differences in our academic formation and the ways to face scientific challenges. Together, and after a very difficult first stage, we have achieved a set of milestones within the field of MTs. These have led us to the place where we are now, and that have left a mark in the small world of MTs. Among these we can mention:

  1. The start-up in the 90s of the recombinant synthesis of MTs in their metallated forms (avoiding the tedious purification processes from native organisms)
  2. The discovery of the presence of additional ligands in the metal-MT clusters (sulfides and chlorides), which in some cases vary their coordinating capacities
  3. The proposal of a new classification of these metalloproteins as a gradation between genuine Cu- and Zn-thioneins
  4. The discovery of the role of the non-coordinating amino acids as the determinants of the metallic specificity of gastropoda MTs
  5. The publication of the first structure of a tridominial MT

Obviously, the merits mentioned above would not have been possible without a handful of collaborations established over the years and that have lasted, in many cases in the field of friendship, to the present. So we cannot forget the work and friendship time shared with (in some kind of chronological order):

  • Walter Schaffner (Zurich) with whom we came out of the study of mammalian MTs to enter into the study of Drosophila MTs
  • Marissa Molinas and Gisela Mir (Girona) with whom we discovered and studied Quercus suber MT and led to the discovery of the presence of sulfide anions in some MTs
  • Reinhard Dallinger (Innsbruck) with who we worked for many years, and still continue working, studying the MTs of snails, and who introduced us to Oliver Zerbe (Zurich) with whom we have managed to resolve and publish the structure of Littorina MT
  • Armida Torreggiani, Anna Tinti, Carla Ferreri and Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu (Italy) with whom we explored the redox reactions in MTs and their Raman spectra
  • Claudia Blindauer (Warwick) who has been more than a collaborator and with whom we have shared several thesis courts and we continue working together
  • Carlos Andreo, Ayelen Pagani and Diego Gomez Casati (Argentina) with whom we entered into the world of soy and sunflower MTs and of Frataxins
  • Stephen Sturzenbaum (UK) expert on the Cahenorhabditis elegants MTs and also a good friend
  • Eva Freisinger (Zurich) with whom we share passion for MTs and congresses
  • Laurence Fraisinet-Tachet (France) with which we explored environmental MTs
  • Dennis Winge (USA) and all the friends made in the Copper Meetings: among them Pascale Delangle (France) and Juana Pérez and Jose Muñoz-Dorado (Granada) who have also contributed to this special number
  • Jose Manuel Domínguez Vera (Granada), with whom we explored the interactions of mammalian MTs with ferritin to discover some chemically and biologically harmless versus harmful ferritin/ metallothionein couples
  • Claudio Fernandez (Argentina) with whom we tried to find out how synuclein could interact with MTs
  • Juan Carlos Gutierrez (Madrid) with whom we explored the Tetrahymena MTs
  • Rachel Narehood Austin with whom we shared our interest for lead binding to mammalian MTs
  • Juan Hidalgo (Barcelona) with whom we entered into the role of mammalian MTs in the brain and shared many thesis courts
  • Magdalena Rowińska-Żyrek and Elzbieta Gumienna-Kontecka (Poland) for whom we feel a great appreciation
  • Dennis Thiele (USA), who opened the door to the study of pathogenic fungal MTs, who introduced us to Sergi Puig and Lola Peñarrubia (Valencia) and hosted Anna Esparto during his stay in Duke
  • Maria Jose Figueras and Javier Capilla (Tarragona) with whom learned a lot about fungal MTs
  • Clotilde Policar (France) with whom we shared nice moments and conversations
  • Jean Didier Maréchal (Barcelona) who took care of all the theoretical calculations and predictions when required
  • Olga Iranzo (France) who always showed her admiration for Silvia’s way of doing
  • Gabriele Meloni (USA) and Peter Faller (France), and his mentor Milan Vasak (Zurich), who have always valued our contributions to the field
  • Ricard Albalat (Barcelona) who has taken over the leadership of the research group that Silvia left, and opened the doors to the Oikopleura dioica MTs
  • And finally, all of her PhD students who once graduated have continued in contact with us. Some of those who continue devoting themselves to research have also wanted to contribute, and so we have the work of Anna Espart, Elena Jiménez-Martí and Mireia Tomás

Many of our present and past collaborators have accepted the invitation to be present in this special number dedicated to the memory of Silvia. Others have not been able to do it owing to several reasons (already retired, Metallomics being a journal that is out of their field of expertise, …). In this second case we have the contribution of Prof. Gutierrez, that although has been published in another journal, is dedicated to her memory, and those of all her colleagues from the Department of Genetics of the Universitat de Barcelona.
In any case, all we that had the opportunity of knowing her and loving her, we want to make patent that she will remain forever in our memory in the midst of good memories.

We hope that this collection of papers in Metallomics will be a fitting memorial to an inspiring mentor and outstanding scientist.

Mercè Capdevila & Òscar Palacios

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Peter Faller: New Metallomics Advisory Board Member

We are delighted to announce that Peter Faller has recently joined the Metallomics Advisory Board! Peter is a Professor in Chemistry and group leader at the Institut de Chimie in Strasbourg. His research is focussed on the self-assembly of amyloidogenic peptides and their interaction with metal ions, other (metallo)-proteins and small molecules (aggregation inhibitors/fluorophores).

 

Read some of Peter’s Metallomics articles below:

 

Metal-catalyzed oxidation of Aβ and the resulting reorganization of Cu binding sites promote ROS production

Metallomics, 2016, 8, 1081-1089

 

Use of a new water-soluble Zn sensor to determine Zn affinity for the amyloid-β peptide and relevant mutants

Metallomics, 2014, 6, 1220-1222

 

The role of metal ions in amyloid formation: general principles from model peptides

Metallomics, 2013, 5, 183-192

 

Metallomics is guided by an international Editorial Board and Advisory Board – more information on our board members can be found on our website. We welcome the knowledge and expertise Peter will bring to the journal and we very much look forward to working with him. Welcome to the Metallomics team!

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EuroBIC 14

This August saw the occasion of the 14th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EuroBIC), held at the University of Birmingham in the UK. With an excellent line up of internationally renowned plenary and keynote speakers the event was a huge success, attracting around 400 attendees.

The Royal Society of Chemistry was pleased to support the event, offering poster prizes of books and book vouchers. The winners of RSC vouchers were:

  • Raul Berrocal-Martin (University of Glasgow) – Dalton Transactions Poster Prize
  • Wilma Neumann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – Metallomics Poster Prize
  • Ying Zhou (University of Hong Kong) – ChemComm Poster Prize
  • Leon Jenner (University of East Anglia) – Chemical Science Poster Prize

The following presenters also won the RSC Highly Commended Poster Awards:

  • Gloria Vigueras Bautista (University of Murcia)
  • Nicolai Burzlaff (Friedrich-Alexander University)
  • Samya Banerjee (University of Warwick)
  • Riccardo Bonsignore (Cardiff University)
  • Philip Ash (University of Oxford)

Dalton Transactions associate editor Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Chemical Science assistant editor William King were on hand to award the prizes.

Raul Berrocal-Martin (left) receiving the Dalton Transactions prize from Nils Metzler-Nolte (right) Ying Zhou (left) receiving the ChemComm prize from Nils Metzler-Nolte (right)
Leon Jenner (left) receiving the Chemical Science prize from William King (right) Gloria Vigueras Bautista (left) receiving a Highly Commended Poster Prize from William King (right)
Riccardo Bonsignore (left) receiving a Highly Commended Poster Prize from William King (right) Philip Ash (left) receiving a Highly Commended Poster Prize from William King (right)

The RSC offers a hearty congratulations to all poster prize winners!

Next year the 19th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC 19) will be held in Interlaken, Switzerland – August 11th to 16th. The next European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EuroBIC 15) will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, in August 2020. 

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Gilles Gasser: New Metallomics Editorial Board Member

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gilles Gasser to the Metallomics Editorial Board.

Gilles Gasser was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. After a PhD thesis in supramolecular chemistry with Prof. Helen Stoeckli-Evans (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), Gilles performed two post-docs, first with the late Prof. Leone Spiccia (Monash University, Australia) in bioinorganic chemistry and then as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow with Prof. Nils Metzler Nolte (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) in bioorganometallic chemistry. Gilles then started his independent scientific career at the University of Zurich in 2010 first as a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione Fellow and then as a SNSF Assistant Professor in 2011. In 2016, Gilles moved to Chimie ParisTech, University (France), thanks among other to a PSL Chair of Excellence Program Grant. Gilles was the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the Alfred Werner Award from the Swiss Chemical Society, an ERC Consolidator Grant, the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, the Jucker Award for his contribution to cancer research and recently the EuroBIC medal for his work on bioinorganic chemistry. Gilles’s research group aims at utilizing the specific physico-chemical properties of metal complexes in different areas of medicinal chemistry.

 

We welcome the knowledge and expertise Gilles will bring to the journal and we very much look forward to working with him. Welcome to the Metallomics team!

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Poster Prize Winners at Metals in Medicine GRC

Congratulations to the three poster prize winners at the recent Metals in Medicine GRC, that was held at Proctor Academy, Andover, NH, USA, June 24-29, 2018.

Poster prize winnersEach prize winner won a certificate, £100 book voucher and heat sensitive colour-changing RSC mug. Prizes were sponsored by RSC journals Metallomics, Dalton Transactions and Chemical Society Reviews.

From left to right:

Angela Casini (Vice Chair), Kenneth Kam-Wing Lo (Chair), Jacqueline Zaengle-Barone (Duke University), Anja Busemann (Leiden University), Namrata Singh (Indian Institute of Science), Seth M. Cohen (Chair), Edith (Phoebe) P. Glazer (Vice Chair)

Well done once again to the prize winners and also to everyone who presented at the meeting.

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Are you going to be at the Metals in Medicine GRC?

Will you be at the Metals in Medicine GRC, June 24-29, Andover, NH, USA?

Metals in Medicine is a cross-cutting field that incorporates scientific advances in inorganic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, advanced spectroscopy and biophysics, nuclear medicine, medicinal chemistry, clinical medicine, and other disciplines in ways that leverage knowledge of metals to prevent, diagnose, and treat human disease. Recent discoveries in the field have advanced our collective understanding of the role of metals in medicine, bioinorganic chemistry, and imaging technologies, which in turn enhances the potential for the development of metal-based drugs and drugs that act on metallobiological targets.

Metallomics will be co-sponsoring three poster prizes, so best of luck!

Rebecca Brodie Rebecca Brodie, Deputy Editor, Metallomics, will be attending.

Please feel free to get in touch with me to arrange a meeting: metallomics-rsc@rsc.org

I look forward to meeting you in Andover!

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London Metallomics Consortium Inaugural Meeting

London Metallomics Consortium Inaugural Meeting

29th June 2018, 2-5 pm, Franklin Wilkins Bldg, Lecture Theatre B5

Trace metals can be essential to health or environmental hazards. In a major new initiative, academics from across King’s Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have teamed up to promote research into the role of trace metals in health and disease, by forming the London Metallomics Consortium with colleagues from all the London universities. Following success in obtaining funding from the Wellcome Trust and King’s to set up the London Metallomics Facility, the Consortium invites you to its inaugural symposium.

Speakers:
John Viles, QMU (Amyloid β assembly and metal ions in Alzheimer’s disease)
Phil Blower, KCL (PET metallomics: in vivo imaging of trace metal trafficking with radioisotopes)
Guy Rutter, IC (Zinc in pancreatic islet biology and diabetes)
Po-Wah So, KCL (Iron in the ageing brain)
Ian Mudway, KCL (Non-occupational exposures to inhaled metals: Do they matter?)
Maciej Garbowski, UCL (Non-transferrin bound iron – methodological challenges and future perspectives)
Paul Sharp, KCL (Assessing mineral bioavailability from plant-based foods)

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