Iron–sulfur cluster

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For biological Fe-S clusters, see iron-sulfur proteins.

Iron–sulfur clusters are ensembles of iron and sulfide centres. Fe-S clusters are most often discussed in the context of the biological role for iron-sulfur proteins.[1] Many Fe-S clusters are known in the area of organometallic chemistry and as precursors to synthetic analogues of the biological clusters (see Figure).[2]

Figure. Illustrative synthetic Fe-S clusters. From left to right: Fe3S2(CO)9, [Fe3S(CO)9]2−, (C5H5)4Fe4S4, and [Fe4S4Cl4]2−.

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  1. ^ S. J. Lippard, J. M. Berg “Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry” University Science Books: Mill Valley, CA; 1994. ISBN 0-935702-73-3.
  2. ^ Ogino, H., Inomata, S., Tobita, H., "Abiological Iron-Sulfur Clusters", Chem. Rev. 1998, 98, 2093. doi:10.1021/cr940081f

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