Magnesium Metabolism - Intracellular Content & Serum Levels

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Magnesium Metabolism - Intracellular Content & Serum Levels

Postby jimmylegs » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:03 pm

Magnesium Metabolism
A Review With Special Reference to the Relationship Between Intracellular Content and Serum Levels

interesting excerpt:


Role in the Evolutionary Process

Aikawa postulated that 3.5 billion years ago the Mg+ + ion combined with porphyrin rings, owing to the chelating properties of Mg+ +, forming chlorophyll. Formation of the chlorophyll molecule made photosynthesis, and therefore an oxygen-rich environment, feasible. Magnesium in thechlorophyll molecule is essential for the process of capturing photons from the sun and converting them to adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The Mg-porphyrin complex, excited by the sun, is capable of undergoing reversible photochemical oxidation or reduction, ie, accepting or donating electrons between partner molecules. This process leads to the formation of ATP and oxygen; both are necessary for the next higher step in the evolutionary process, oxidative phosphorylation.3
Geologic evidence suggests that as oxygen was formed by the photosynthetic process, the iron in the oceans, initially in the ferrous state, reacted with the oxygen formed by the photosynthetic process and precipitated in the ferric state, forming rusty layers on the ocean floor.4
As this process of precipitation was completed, oxygen was released into the atmosphere, setting the stage for oxidative phosphorylation—a process that utilizes oxygen and a variety of substrates to produce ATP more efficiently than can photosynthesis.

Role in Metabolic Functions

In addition to its central function in photosynthesis, Mg+ * participates in many of the biochemical reactions that take place in the body, particularly in those processes involving the formation and utilization of ATP. Metals are cofactors required in approximately two thirds of all enzymatic reactions in the body. Magnesium participates in such reactions through its ability to form a chelate, ie, an organometallic coordination complex. ..."
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