1st Edition

Comparative High Pressure Biology

Edited By Philippe Sebert Copyright 2010
    575 Pages
    by CRC Press

    576 Pages
    by CRC Press

    High pressure biology is an old, fascinating and stimulating field of research. One of the major reasons for the interest in studying high pressure is that this environmental factor also plays an important role in thermodynamics and consequently in biology. Pressure, from a biological perspective, has a bearing on all living creatures. The book presents a panoramic view of this subject from molecules to the overall organism, via the cells and unicellular species, invertebrates and vertebrates, ectotherms and endotherms. This book provides not only the more recent results in each of its chapters but also suggests new directions for research.

    The intended readership is postgraduate students and research scientists in various fields.

    Protein Kinetics under High Pressure
    Protein Folding and Aggregation under Pressure
    Pressure and Heat Shock Proteins; Pressure Perturbation of Artificial and Natural Membranes
    High Pressure and Food Conservation

    Pressure Effects on Cells
    Pressure Sensing: Depth Sensors and Depth Usage
    Pressure Effects on Mammalian Central Nervous System
    Pressure and Osmoregulation; Muscle Function and High Hydrostatic Pressure
    Pressure and Reactive Oxygen Species

    Piezophilic Prokaryotes
    Effects of the Deep Sea Environment on Invertebrates
    Fish and Pressure
    Pressure Tolerance in Diving Mammals and Birds

    Introduction to the Effects of Pressure on Human Organisms and Other Mammals
    Ventilatory and Circulatory Responses to Diving; Inert Gas Narcosis
    The High Pressure Nervous Syndrome
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    High Hydrostatic Pressure and Cancer
    Working Under Pressure


    Philippe Sébert, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO, Université de Brest, France) where he teaches bioenergetics and physiology. He is the head of the team ORPHY-EA4324 (www.physioloqy-orphy.fr). He has collaborated with a large number of both national and international senior scientists. P. Sébert has presented over 20 invited lectures at international meetings, has published more than 100 research papers and has contributed to several books. His major interest is the effect of high hydrostatic pressure on fish energy metabolism, mainly the migrating eel.