Frontiers in Natural Product Chemistry

Volume: 1

Iron Acquisition and Iron Transport by Bacteria

Author(s): Herbert Budzikiewicz

Pp: 89-98 (10)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805212710501010089

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Most bacteria have developed specific systems to procure sufficient amounts of iron which is not generally available in water soluble form. One possibility is the production of Fe3+ chelating substances, so-called siderophores. Structural varieties, the transport mechanism through the cell wall, and the importance of siderophores in health, agriculture and environment will be discussed.

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