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Trace Metals and Infectious Diseases$
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Jerome O. Nriagu and Eric P. Skaar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029193

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029193.001.0001

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Metal Homeostasis during Development, Maturation, and Aging

Metal Homeostasis during Development, Maturation, and Aging

Impact on Infectious Diseases

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(p.125) 8 Metal Homeostasis during Development, Maturation, and Aging
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Trace Metals and Infectious Diseases
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Inga Wessels

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029193.003.0008

This chapter provides a summary of the functions of essential metallic elements in human metabolism and during infectious diseases as well as their homeostasis during development, maturation, and aging. A list of food sources as well as information on the effects of deficiency and excess is provided for each metallic element. As concentrations of metallic contaminants in the environment rise, brief characterizations of nonessential but biologically relevant metallic environmental contaminants have been added. Cases of under-, mal- and overnutrition are increasing worldwide. In combination with decreased nutritional food values, this creates a growing threat for human health, affecting societal and health systems. Potential ways of approaching this problem are suggested and discussed.

Keywords:   metal ion homeostasis, human development, aging, infectious disease, metal deficiency, metal overload, human health nutritional food values

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