About this Research Topic
Life on Earth developed as living organisms “learned” to use elements available in the Earth’s crust, and as atmospheric conditions changed from reducing to aerobic. As a result, the Periodic Table presents a diversity of elements that play an important role in biochemical processes. Metallomics, then, was recently developed as a scientific field to focus on metals and metalloids, as well as their speciation, within a biological context. This includes their associations with genes, proteins, and metabolites, and also their specific roles within living cells or tissue—whether control of different biochemical processes, catalysis of biochemical reactions, or signaling, among others.
This Research Topic covers the newest developments and challenges that metallomics faces nowadays, identifying future directions for the development of analytical methods and techniques to advance this field. Contributors are encouraged to focus on:
• new approaches to sample preparation focusing on metallomics
• the development of new analytical approaches to characterize metallomes
• the development of sensors and nanomaterials used in metallomic studies
• bioimaging and localization of metallomes within biological systems
• systems of metal-containing biomolecules that provide insight into the molecular mechanisms of metal used in biology
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