1st Edition

Biochemistry Explained A Practical Guide to Learning Biochemistry

By Thomas Millar Copyright 2002

    Biochemistry Explained employs an innovative approach which has proven highly successful in the author's own classes. The author establishes a thorough understanding of the foundations of and common linkages between molecular structures and reactions, so that eventual interpretation of complex biochemical pathways and reactions is easy. All of the major molecular structures and biochemical pathways are explained, and, for the most part, these center on mammalian biochemistry. The text is supported by biochemical nomenclature and questions to bear in mind while reading. Higher learning sections are also provided for advanced students. Written in an informal, conversational style, this textbook will serve as an invaluable resource for any student who is struggling with the standard texts and for postgraduate students who need to refresh their knowledge.

    Fundamental Concepts and an Introduction to the Cell. Basic Biochemical Structures. Sugars. Amino Acids and Their Functions. Peptides, Proteins and Enzymes. Complex Sugars and Their Functions. Metabolism of Sugars. Metabolism of Amino Acids. The Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle. The Electron Transport Chain, Oxidative Phosphorylation and Photosynthesis. Lipid Structure and Metabolism. Nucleotides and Their Derivatives. The Structures and Functions of DNA and RNA. Metabolism and Its Control. Cellular Communication.


    Currently a senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, Australia where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in biochemistry, pharmacology and pathophysiology, Dr Millar's research involves understanding intracellular pathways in the lacrimal gland and corneal epithelium, and retinal neurotransmission.