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The long awaited text for 21st century courses in biological inorganic chemistry is now available. Organized and edited by Ivano Bertini, Harry Gray, Ed Stiefel, and Joan Valentine, with contributions from many other world leaders in the field, this all-new book is equally appropriate for graduate or senior undergraduate courses in bioinorganic chemistry. The book has been extensively class-tested at Princeton and UCLA, and it includes tutorials in biology and biochemistry and in inorganic chemistry to aid students of varying backgrounds. The main text is divided into two parts. Part A, “Overviews of Biological Inorganic Chemistry,” sets forth the unifying principles of the field. A full course in bioinorganic chemistry could be based entirely on this overview section, which is a really a book within a book! Part B, “Metal-Ion Containing Biological Systems,” describes specific classes of systems in detail. A special feature is the strong connection to the genomic revolution that has dramatically enhanced our ability to define the function of gene products in living organisms. Throughout the book, protein data bank codes are given for structures discussed in the text, and students are encouraged to learn to use the PDB in their courses and research. This exciting new book will be a must read for years to come for all students and researchers interested in the field of biological inorganic chemistry.
Photo shows, from left right, Harry Gray, Ed Stiefel, Joan Valentine and Ivano Bertini.
Ivano Bertini is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Magnetic Resonance Center of the University of Florence. His main research interests are the advancements in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the expression and preparation of metalloproteins, their structural characterization and the investigation of their interactions with emphasis on understanding cellular processes at the molecular level. He has over 600 papers and many books. He has received the Chugaev Diploma of Kurnakov Institute of the Academy of Science, URSS, in 1981, the Golden Medal of the Magnetic Resonance Group of the Italian Chemical Society, in 1991, Prize Accademia dei Lincei, Italy, in 1993, Bijvoet Medal, Utrecht, NL, in 1998, Sapio NMR Prize, Italy, in 1999 and the Cannizzaro Medal of the Italian Chemical Society and the Basolo Medal in 2006. Amongst the special lectures: A.D. Little Lecturer at MIT, Cambridge, MS, USA, in 1997, E.L. Mütterties Lecturer at Berkeley, CA, USA, in 1997 and FECS lecturer, Athens in 2002. He has received three honorary doctorates. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of the Academia Europaea.
Edward I. Stiefel, Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University and associated faculty member of the Princeton Environmental Institute until his untimely death in summer of 2006. His research involved the role of metal ions in biological systems including: iron in marine environments, especially the iron storage and DNA protective proteins ferritin and Dps; the biological production of hydrogen by phototropic hydrogenases and theoretical studies of hydrogenase action; the role of molybdenum in biology; and aspects of metals in medicine. He taught courses on the Elements of Life for freshman, Astrobiology for sophomores and Metals in Biology for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. He served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and the Board of Editors of the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. Stiefel was the Sacconi Lecturer in Florence in 2002 and the Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Louisville in 2003 where he was named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. He won the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry for the year 2000. Ed Stiefel will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Joan Selverstone Valentine is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. She is a leading figure working at the interface of inorganic chemistry and biology and has published over 200 research papers and several books, and her work is widely cited. She pioneered the chemistry of the superoxide anion, and her discoveries have been fundamental to our understanding of the biological reactions of dioxygen and its interactions with metalloenzymes. Particularly notable in recent years are her demonstrations of the remarkable nucleophilic properties of iron porphyrin peroxo complexes, development of novel sol-gel techniques to entrap biological macromolecules in an optically transparent rigid matrix, and her ongoing detailed biophysical characterization of mutant copper-zinc superoxide dismutase enzymes that cause Lou Gehrig’s disease. She is a recipient of several awards, including the John C. Bailar, Jr. Medal, has held numerous distinguished lectureships in the United States and abroad, and was recently elected to membership in the National Academy of Science. She is Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research, an American Chemical Society journal.