Chemistry of Natural Products: Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins, and Enzymes, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Chemistry of Natural Products

Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins, and Enzymes, 1st Edition

By V. K. Ahluwalia, Lalita S. Kumar, Sanjiv Kumar

CRC Press

260 pages

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This volume deals with amino acids, peptides, proteins and enzymes.

The text is divided into four chapters: a chapter each dedicated

to amino acids, peptides, proteins and enzymes respectively. The first chapter on 'Amino Acids' covers their nomenclature, classification, stereo-chemistry, physical and chemical properties, synthesis and industrial applications. The important reactions have been explained with the help of the mechanisms involved. The second chapter on 'Peptides' explains the formation and structure of the peptide bond and its significance. The chapter gives a detailed account of the solution phase and solid phase synthesis of peptides as well as discussing the structure and function of some biologically important peptides. The next chapter on 'Proteins' discusses different types of classification and explains their properties. The structural organisation of proteins has been covered in detail including the primary structure determination. The fourth and the last chapter on 'Enzymes' is a logical extension of the coverage in the first three chapters. It covers the classification, nomenclature and mode of action of enzymes, and a detailed account of the structure and function of different coenzymes.


"Designed to be accessible for undergraduates in a range of fields of study, including biochemistry and biotechnology, this text frequently uses clear illustrations and examples to get the point across painlessly . . .The result is a classroom text that could also serve as a quick reference."

– Book News, September 2007

Table of Contents


Amino Acids


Nomenclature of Amino Acids

Classification of Amino Acids

Stereochemical Aspects of a- Amino Acids

Physical Properties of a-Amino Acids

Chemical Reactions of Amino Acids

Industrial Preparation of a-Amino Acids

Chemical Synthesis of a-Amino Acids

Industrial Applications of a-Amino Acids




Structure and Classification of Peptides

Nomenclature of Peptides

Peptide Synthesis

Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

Some Biologically Important Peptides




Classification of Proteins

Properties of Proteins

Structural Organisation of Proteins




Nomenclature and Classification of Enzymes

Characteristics of Enzymes

Mechanism of Enzyme Action

Factors Affecting Enzyme Action

Chymotrypsin: an Enzyme In Action

Cofactors (or Coenzymes)

Enzymes In Organic Synthesis




About the Authors

Ahluwalia, V. K.; Kumar, Lalita S.; Kumar, Sanjiv

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biochemistry
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Organic