Call for Papers: Iron in Biology

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming Metallomics themed issue titled “Iron in Biology“.

Guest Edited by Professor Robert Hider and Dr Vincenzo Abbate (Kings College London), this themed issue will highlight the latest high-impact research in iron in biology and its role in agriculture, health and disease.

We welcome submissions demonstrating mechanistic insight into all aspects of iron in biology to include iron uptake in microorganisms, plants and parasites, iron deficiency or overload, and iron chelation therapy. We also encourage studies on the role of haem and haemoproteins, iron homeostasis, iron transport and storage proteins, and Fe-S clusters.

For your article to be considered for this themed issue we must receive your manuscript by April 7 2016.

Communications, Full Papers and Reviews are welcomed, if you are interested in submitting an article please contact us to let us know.

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Top 20 Most Accessed Metallomics Articles in 2016

We are delighted to share with you the top 20 most downloaded articles in Metallomics from January-December 2016. All of these papers are free to access for the next two weeks with a free publishing personal account – register here.

Contemplating a role for titanium in organisms
Mark R. Zierden and Ann M. Valentine
Metallomics, 2016,8, 9-16
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00231A

The biological chemistry of the transition metal “transportome” of Cupriavidus metallidurans
Dietrich H. Nies
Metallomics, 2016,8, 481-507
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00320B

Alpha-synuclein: relating metals to structure, function and inhibition
J. S. McDowall and D. R. Brown
Metallomics, 2016,8, 385-397
DOI: 10.1039/C6MT00026F

Mechanisms of metal toxicity in plants
Hendrik Küpper and Elisa Andresen
Metallomics, 2016,8, 269-285
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00244C

Exploiting developments in nanotechnology for the preferential delivery of platinum-based anti-cancer agents to tumours: targeting some of the hallmarks of cancer
James P. Parker, Ziga Ude and Celine J. Marmion
Metallomics, 2016,8, 43-60
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00181A

Iron transport in the kidney: implications for physiology and cadmium nephrotoxicity
Frank Thévenod and Natascha A. Wolff
Metallomics, 2016,8, 17-42
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00215J

LA-ICP-MS imaging in multicellular tumor spheroids – a novel tool in the preclinical development of metal-based anticancer drugs
Sarah Theiner, Ekaterina Schreiber-Brynzak, Michael A. Jakupec, Markus Galanski, Gunda Koellensperger and Bernhard K. Keppler
Metallomics, 2016,8, 398-402
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00276A

High-resolution complementary chemical imaging of bio-elements in Caenorhabditis elegans
Dominic J. Hare, Michael W. M. Jones, Verena C. Wimmer, Nicole L. Jenkins, Martin D. de Jonge, Ashley I. Bush and Gawain McColl
Metallomics, 2016,8, 156-160
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00288E

Elemental bioimaging and speciation analysis for the investigation of Wilson’s disease using μXRF and XANES
Oliver Hachmöller, Ana Guilherme Buzanich, Michaela Aichler, Martin Radtke, Dörthe Dietrich, Kristina Schwamborn, Lisa Lutz, Martin Werner, Michael Sperling, Axel Walch and Uwe Karst
Metallomics, 2016,8, 648-653
DOI: 10.1039/C6MT00001K

Lead and manganese levels in serum and erythrocytes in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment: results from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing
Dominic J. Hare, Noel G. Faux, Blaine R. Roberts, Irene Volitakis, Ralph N. Martins and Ashley I. Bush
Metallomics, 2016,8, 628-632
DOI: 10.1039/C6MT00019C

Surface binding, localization and storage of iron in the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera
Eric P. Miller, Hendrik Auerbach, Volker Schünemann, Teresa Tymon and Carl J. Carrano
Metallomics, 2016,8, 403-411
DOI: 10.1039/C6MT00027D

Behavior of platinum(IV) complexes in models of tumor hypoxia: cytotoxicity, compound distribution and accumulation
Ekaterina Schreiber-Brynzak, Verena Pichler, Petra Heffeter, Buck Hanson, Sarah Theiner, Irene Lichtscheidl-Schultz, Christoph Kornauth, Luca Bamonti, Vineet Dhery, Diana Groza, David Berry, Walter Berger, Markus Galanski, Michael A. Jakupec and Bernhard K. Keppler
Metallomics, 2016,8, 422-433
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00312A

Zinc sensing by metal-responsive transcription factor 1 (MTF1) controls metallothionein and ZnT1 expression to buffer the sensitivity of the transcriptome response to zinc
J. E. J. Hardyman, J. Tyson, K. A. Jackson, C. Aldridge, S. J. Cockell, L. A. Wakeling, R. A. Valentine and D. Ford
Metallomics, 2016,8, 337-343
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00305A

Cellular uptake of metallated cobalamins
Mai Thanh Quynh Tran, Stefan Stürup, Ian Henry Lambert, Bente Gammelgaard, Evelyne Furger and Roger Alberto
Metallomics, 2016,8, 298-304
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00272A

Monitoring cytosolic and ER Zn2+ in stimulated breast cancer cells using genetically encoded FRET sensors
Anne M. Hessels, Kathryn M. Taylor and Maarten Merkx
Metallomics, 2016,8, 211-217
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00257E

A time-course analysis of changes in cerebral metal levels following a controlled cortical impact
Stuart D. Portbury, Dominic J. Hare, Charlotte Sgambelloni, David I. Finkelstein and Paul A. Adlard
Metallomics, 2016,8, 193-200
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00234F

Boron uptake, localization, and speciation in marine brown algae
Eric P. Miller, Youxian Wu and Carl J. Carrano
Metallomics, 2016,8, 161-169
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00238A

Newport Green, a fluorescent sensor of weakly bound cellular Zn2+: competition with proteome for Zn2+
Mohammad Rezaul Karim and David H. Petering
Metallomics, 2016,8, 201-210
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00167F

Defining the metal binding pathways of human metallothionein 1a: balancing zinc availability and cadmium seclusion
Gordon W. Irvine, Tyler B. J. Pinter and Martin J. Stillman
Metallomics, 2016,8, 71-81
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00225G

Zinc is a transmembrane agonist that induces platelet activation in a tyrosine phosphorylation-dependent manner
Ben R. Watson, Nathan A. White, Kirk A. Taylor, Joanna-Marie Howes, Jean-Daniel M. Malcor, Dominique Bihan, Stewart O. Sage, Richard W. Farndale and Nicholas Pugh
Metallomics, 2016,8, 91-100
DOI: 10.1039/C5MT00064E

 

We hope you enjoy reading the top 20 most accessed articles of 2016 and wish you all the best for 2017.

For up to date journal information, why not follow Metallomics @Metallomics on Twitter.

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Metals in Biology Poster Prize Winner

Metals in Biology BBSRC NIBB Community Meeting, 19th – 20th December, 2016, Durham.

Metallomics would like to congratulate Holly Reeve, who was the winner of the Metallomics poster prize.

Holly can be seen below, accepting her prize from judge Dianne Ford.

The meeting was a huge success and was attended by Metallomics Development Editor Sarah Rogers. It was a packed couple of days with many talks from leaders in the field of metals in biology.

Thank you to all that attended and well done Holly.

 

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In Memory of Silvia Atrian

Recently, we received the very sad news that a member of our Metallomics community, Silvia Atrian, passed away. 

Silvia Atrian was a professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Barcelona. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 1984 and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at
the University of Edinburgh from 1988-1989.


She, together with her long-time collaborator Mercè Capdevila, made numerous contributions to our community.  Her insightful work exploring what metallothioneins do and why they exist in so many species in so many different biological compartments 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.  She will be missed and we send our condolences to her family, friends, and co-workers.  

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Metals in Biology

Gordon Research Conference

The 2017 Metals in Biology Conference is to be held between 22 – 27 January, in Ventura, California

“The MIB-GRC brings together scientists from diverse backgrounds to foster new collaborations that take advantage of complementary skills. Lectures in the 2017 MIB-GRC cover recent advances in our understanding of the roles of metalloproteins and metal/nucleic acid complexes in cellular signaling, metal ion regulation, and their effects on human health; the evolving biological chemistry of metals from the earth’s deep past to the current environment, and metal-centered catalysis by a variety of metalloenzymes, including those crucial in the grand global cycles of hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen.”

If you are coming to the conference, then why not come and chat to Metallomics Executive Editor Philippa Hughes.

Philippa Ross, Executive Editor, Metallomics

You can find out more about the Metals in Biology conference here

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Introducing new Metallomics Editorial Board member Professor Katherine Franz

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Katherine Franz as a member of the Metallomics Editorial Board.


Professor Katherine Franz, previously a member of the Metallomics Advisory Board, is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University, USA. Research in the Franz Group is involved in elucidating the structural and functional consequences of metal ion coordination in biological systems. Professor Franz is particularly interested in understanding the coordination chemistry utilized by biology to manage essential yet toxic species like copper and iron. Understanding these principles further guides the development of new chemical tools to manipulate biological metal ion location, speciation, and reactivity for potential therapeutic benefit.


We welcome Professor Franz and her expertise and experience to the Metallomics Editorial Board. This appointment stengthens the Board and we look forward to working with Professor Franz going forward.

You can keep up to date with the latest developments from Metallomics by signing up for free table of contents alerts and monthly e-newsletters.

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Zinc-UK/Zinc-net Meeting 2016

The next Zinc-UK/Zinc-net meeting is to be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 21 – 22 November 2016.

Whilst the program and finer details are yet to be finalised, here is a tentative program for the meeting-

Monday, 21st of November
9.30-12.00 Management Committee meeting (for the Country representatives and core group members only)

Coffee and tea are available from 9 am.

12.00-13.00 Lunch for all who register and signed the attendance form and obtained a badge

13.00-15.30 Session 1

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.30 Session 2

17.30-20.30 posters and networking with wine

Dinner will be available from 6 pm.


Tuesday, 22nd of November

Coffee and tea with biscuits will be available from 9am

9.30-12.00 Session 3

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-15.00 Session 4 (OPTIONAL)

15.00-18.00 Networking and grant proposals planning

Wine will be available from 5 pm to “oil” the flow of discussion.

Professor Wolfgang Maret, Advisory Board member and ex-Chair of Metallomics will be there to answer any questions you may have about the journal.

Why not check out the newly updated Zinc in the Biosciences online collection. Curated by Professor Maret, this collection will continue to grow to include additional reports in this field as they are published. Submit your zinc research now!

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Updated Zinc in the Biosciences online collection now available

The Zinc in the Biosciences online collection has now been expanded and updated to include additional articles highlighting emerging high-impact research on the roles and distibution of zinc in biology.

Curated by Advisory Board member Professor Wolfgang Maret, the hope is that the collection will become a resource for researchers in the field and new articles will continue to be added to this collection as they are published in Metallomics.

A link to the collection can be found here.

Do you work in this area? Then why not submit to Metallomics today!

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Top 10 Reviewers for Metallomics

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for Metallomics in 2016, as selected by the editorial team for their significant contribution to the journal.

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the Metallomics board and all of the metals in biology community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

Name

Institution

Yasumitsu Ogra

Chiba University

Sharon La Fontaine

Deakin University

Dennie Thiele

Duke University

Rachel Austin

Columbia University

Martina Ralle

Oregon Health and Science University

Chunying Chen

National Center for Nanosciences and Technology of China

Dominic Hare

University of Technology Sydney

Nigel Robinson

Durham University

Katherine Franz

Duke University

Suning Wang

Northwestern University

As a little added bonus to celebrate Peer Review Week, for the next four weeks our reviewers will be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize! Simply submit a review for any of our journals between 19 September and 16 October 2016 and you will be automatically eligible for a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes.

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Themed issue on Mammalian Copper Transport and Related Disorders now published

The new themed issue for Metallomics titled “Mammalian Copper Transport and Related Disorders” is now published.

This themed issue, Guest Edited by Professors David Giedroc, Sharon La Fontaine and Richard Burke, marks the retirement of three pioneers in mammalian copper biology, Professors Jim Camakaris, Julian Mercer and Joseph Prohaska.

This issue showcases research on the role of copper in health and disease, the chemistry and structural biology of key copper homeostasis proteins, the development of cutting edge imaging tools and therapies, and the model systems that have helped elucidate the function and regulation of this intriguing and exciting metal in the context of mammalian copper homeostasis.

You can read the issue editorial by the Guest Editors here as well as special editorials by Joseph Prohaska, Julian Mercer and James Camakaris.

Managing Editor, Guy Jones, and Editorial Board chair and Guest Editor of the themed issue, David Giedroc, attended the 10th International Copper Meeting on September 25 – 30, 2016 in Sorrento, Italy and were very pleased to be able to meet with many contributors to the issue as well as Jim, Julian and Joe.

Left to Right: Joe Prohaska, Jim Camakaris, Julian Mercer and David Giedroc, at the Copper meeting

Joe, Jim and Julian at the Copper meeting in Sorrento

We hope you enjoy this issue of Metallomics!

Why not submit your high impact research to Metallomics today. Information about the scope of the Journal can be found here.

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