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Interrelations between Essential Metal Ions and Human Diseases

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Attention for Chapter 15: Arsenic. Can This Toxic Metalloid Sustain Life?
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Chapter title
Arsenic. Can This Toxic Metalloid Sustain Life?
Chapter number 15
Book title
Interrelations between Essential Metal Ions and Human Diseases
Published in
Metal ions in life sciences, November 2013
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7500-8_15
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-9-40-077499-5, 978-9-40-077500-8
Authors

Dean E. Wilcox

Editors

Astrid Sigel, Helmut Sigel, Roland K.O. Sigel

Abstract

It was recently reported that a bacterium, Halomonas species GFAJ-1, isolated from arsenic-rich Mono Lake and further selected for growth under conditions of high arsenate and low phosphate, is able to grow using arsenic instead of phosphorus. This claim, and subsequent studies to evaluate GFAJ-1, has brought new attention to the question of whether arsenic can play an essential or sustaining role for living organisms. If true, this would be in stark contrast to the well known toxicity of this element and its ability to cause a number of diseases, including cancer of the skin, lung, bladder, liver, and kidney. However, while deadly at high doses, arsenic oxide is also an approved and effective chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). This review examines the evidence that arsenic may be a beneficial nutrient at trace levels below the background to which living organisms are normally exposed. It also examines whether arsenic can be used to sustain organisms growing under high arsenic conditions, specifically the results from recent studies of arsenic biochemistry motivated by the report of GFAJ-1. Both of these topics are considered in the context of the toxicity of this element and its ability to cause cancer and other diseases, yet its Janus-faced ability to effectively treat APL.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 17 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 24%
Researcher 4 24%
Student > Bachelor 2 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 12%
Other 1 6%
Other 2 12%
Unknown 2 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 5 29%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 12%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 6%
Other 4 24%
Unknown 3 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 November 2018.
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#5,234,516
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