The role of metal complexes in the evolution of life
Uloga kompleksa metala u evoluciji života
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The role of metal complexes in the evolution of life is very important. Using the magnesium complex of porphyrin, chlorophyll, living organisms started to synthesise organic molecules converting solar energy to chemical energy. Iron complexes of porphyrin in cytochromes made possible to use oxygen for combustion of organic molecules and liberate energy necessary for living organisms. Transport of oxygen to cells in multicelled creatures and evolution of large organisms was also possible due to iron complexes of porphyrin, but in molecule of hemoglobin.