University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Biochemistry

Bio for Anne B. Mason
Anne B. Mason

Anne B. Mason

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Biochemistry, Given B402


Dr. Mason received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Boston University in 1979 for structural work on the light harvesting blue algal protein called phycocyani. She determined the primary structure of the two subunits of phycocyanin the old fashioned way and also how the blue linear tetrapyrrole is attached to the protein. In 1979, Dr. Mason came to the University of Vermont to work on the iron binding and transport protein, transferrin with Dr. Robert Woodworth. She is currently an Emerita Research Professor of Biochemistry.


Deblonde GJ, Sturzbecher-Hoehne M, Mason AB, Abergel RJ (2013) Receptor recognition of transferrin bound to lanthanides and actinides: a discriminating step in cellular acquisition of f-block metals. Metallomics 5(6): 619-26.

Sturzbecher-Hoehne M, Goujon C, Deblonde GJ, Mason AB, Abergel RJ (2013) Sensitizing curium luminescence through an antenna protein to investigate biological actinide transport mechanisms. J Am Chem Soc 135(7): 2676-83.

Luck AN, Mason AB (2013) Structure and dynamics of drug carriers and their interaction with cellular receptors: Focus on serum transferrin. Adv Drug Deliv Rev 65(8): 1012-9.

Luck AN, Mason AB (2012) Transferrin-mediated cellular iron delivery. Curr Top Membr 69: 3-35.

Steere AN, Bobst CE, Zhang D, Pettit SC, Kaltashov IA, Huang N, Mason AB (2012) Biochemical and structural characterization of recombinant human serum transferrin from rice (Oryza sativa L.). J Inorg Biochem 116: 37-44.

Steere AN, Chasteen ND, Miller BF, Smith VC, MacGillivray RT, Mason AB (2012) Structure-based mutagenesis reveals critical residues in the transferrin receptor participating in the mechanism of pH-induced release of iron from human serum transferrin. Biochemistry 51(10): 2113-21.

Noinaj N, Easley NC, Oke M, Mizuno N, Gumbart J, Boura E, Steere AN, Zak O, Aisen P, Tajkhorshid E, Evans RW, Gorringe AR, Mason AB, Steven AC, Buchanan SK (2012) Structural basis for iron piracy by pathogenic Neisseria. Nature 483(7387): 53-8.