The essential roles of metal ions in insect homeostasis and physiology

Dow, J. A.T. (2017) The essential roles of metal ions in insect homeostasis and physiology. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 23, pp. 43-50. (doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.07.001)

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Metal ions play distinct roles in living organisms, including insects. Some, like sodium and potassium, are central players in osmoregulation and ‘blood and guts’ transport physiology, and have been implicated in cold adaptation. Calcium is a key player as a second messenger, and as a structural element. Other metals, particularly those with multiple redox states, can be cofactors in many metalloenzymes, but can contribute to toxic oxidative stress on the organism in excess. This short review selects some examples where classical knowledge has been supplemented with recent advances, in order to emphasize the importance of metals as essential nutrients for insect survival.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dow, Professor Julian
Authors: Dow, J. A.T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Insect Science
ISSN (Online):2214-5745
Published Online:14 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Insect Science 23:43-50
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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