Postprint version. Published in Hyperfine Interactions, Volume 33, Issue 1-4, March 1, 1987, pages 233-240. Copyright © 1987 Springer. The original publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02394111.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Richard B. Frankel was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
An average of 140 Fe2+ ions bind to mammalian ferritin that has an average core content of 1876 Fe3+ ions per molecule. The Fe2+ ions enter the protein interior and exchange electrons with the core Fe3+ ions. A non-homogeneous model for the iron-containing core of ferritin is proposed.