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Iron transport and storage
This free course, Iron transport and storage, looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake, transport and storage of iron: a process made more complicated by the insolubility of its oxides and hydroxides. You will examine iron storage in mammals, including humans,. This is achieved by ferritin which stores iron as a hydrated iron (III) oxide an example of biomineralisation.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- describe some of the biochemical methods by which organisms uptake iron
- describe some of the biochemical processes by which organisms store and transfer iron
- explain why iron is present only in very low concentrations in aqueous solution
- use aspects of iron(III) chemistry to explain the role of macrocyclic ligands in iron uptake and transfer.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 How do organisms acquire iron?
- 2 Principles of iron chemistry
- 3 Iron uptake by organisms
- 4 Iron transport and storage
- 5 Conclusion
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