As August comes to a close, it’s time for the latest Metal of the Month: vanadium. It was originally discovered by Andrés Manuel del Río, a Spanish-born Mexican mineralogist, in 1801, and is named after ‘Vanadis’, the old Norse name for the Scandinavian goddess Freyja.
Vanadium is an essential element for humans, although we require very little: less than 0.04 mg a day. Below are some papers from Metallomics looking at various aspects of vanadium biology, including its use in anti-diabetic drugs and its potential toxicity. These papers will all be free to access until 21 September, so do take a look.
Don’t forget you can find out more about vanadium (and any other metal of interest) via the RSC’s Visual Elements Periodic Table, and take a listen to the Chemistry World ‘Chemistry in its Element’ podcast.
Gene expression changes in human lung cells exposed to arsenic, chromium, nickel or vanadium indicate the first steps in cancer
Hailey A. Clancy, Hong Sun, Lisa Passantino, Thomas Kluz, Alexandra Muñoz, Jiri Zavadil and Max Costa
Metallomics, 2012,4, 784-793
Changes in the antioxidant defence and in selenium concentration in tissues of vanadium exposed rats
Cristina Sanchez-Gonzalez, Carmen Bermudez-Peña, Cristina E. Trenzado, Heidi Goenaga-Infante, María Montes-Bayon, Alfredo Sanz-Medel and Juan Llopis
Metallomics, 2012,4, 814-819
Communication: Biotransformation of BMOV in the presence of blood serum proteins
Daniele Sanna, Linda Bíró, Péter Buglyó, Giovanni Micera and Eugenio Garribba
Metallomics, 2012,4, 33-36
Minireview: Recent advances into vanadyl, vanadate and decavanadate interactions with actin
S. Ramos, J. J. G. Moura and M. Aureliano
Metallomics, 2012,4, 16-22
Glucose lowering activity by oral administration of bis(allixinato)oxidovanadium(IV) complex in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice and gene expression profiling in their skeletal muscles
Makoto Hiromura, Yusuke Adachi, Megumi Machida, Masakazu Hattori and Hiromu Sakurai
Metallomics, 2009,1, 92-100