Bioinorganic Chemistry of Zinc in relation to the Immune system

Kasper Planeta Kepp*

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Zinc is well-known to have a central role in human inflammation and immunity and is itself an antiinflammatory and antiviral agent. Despite its massively documented role in such processes, the underlying chemistry of zinc in relation to specific proteins and pathways of the immune system has not received much focus. This short review provides an overview of this topic, with emphasis on the structures of key proteins, zinc coordination chemistry, and probable mechanisms involved in zincbased immunity, with some focus points for future chemical and biological research.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202100554
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Zinc
  • Immune system
  • Inflammation
  • Virus infections
  • Zinc proteins


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