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Hemovanadin is used to refer to the pale green vanabin proteins found in the blood cells, called vanadocytes, of ascidians (sea squirts) and other organisms. It is one of the few known vanadium-containing proteins.[1][2]

German chemist Martin Henze first detected vanadium in ascidians in 1911.[3] Unlike hemocyanin and hemoglobin, hemovanadin is not an oxygen carrier.[4]


  1. ^ Neurath, Hans (1970) The proteins: composition, structure, and function, Volume 5. Academic Press
  2. ^ Bielig HJ, Bayer E, Califano L, Wirth L (1954). Vanadium-containing blood pigment. 11. Hemovanadin, a sulfate complex of trivalent vanadium. Publ. Staz. Zool. Napoli 25, 26-66.
  3. ^ Michibata H, Uyama T, Ueki T, Kanamori K (2002). Vanadocytes, cells hold the key to resolving the highly selective accumulation and reduction of vanadium in ascidians. Microscopy Research and Technique. Volume 56 Issue 6, Pages 421 - 434
  4. ^ Underwood EJ (1962). Trace elements in human and animal nutrition. Academic Press

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