Tungsten: biological information
Tungsten has a limited biological role. A number of enzymes (oxidoreductases) employ tungsten in a way related to molybdenum, (using tungsten.pterin complex). The structure of a tungstoenzyme aldehyde ferredoxin oxidoreductase is known (Protein Data Bank code 1AOR).
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: (no data) ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: (no data) atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with tungsten:
Tungsten metal does not normally cause problems but all tungsten compounds should be regarded as highly toxic. The metal dust presents a fire and explosion hazard.
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