At least two species of iron were identified in crude membrane preparations of the blue-green algae Chlorogloea fritschii and Anacystis nidulans by Mössbauer spectroscopy. One species was non-magnetic with chemical shift more characteristic of a ferredoxin-like centre than of any known low-spin Fe(II) biological compounds. Studies on cells grown under depleted-iron conditions show the other iron species to be part of the system for iron metabolic transport and/or storage.

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