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1st Edition

Landmark Experiments in Protein Science

  • Available for pre-order on June 16, 2023. Item will ship after July 7, 2023
ISBN 9781032458694
July 7, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
264 Pages 20 Color & 288 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Proteins are the workhorses of cells, performing most of the important functions which allow cells to use nutrients and grow, communicate amongst each other, and importantly, die if aberrant behavior is detected. How were proteins discovered? What is their role in cells? How do dysfunctional proteins give rise to cancer? Landmark Experiments in Protein Science explores the manner in which the inner-workings of cells were elucidated, with a special emphasis on the role of proteins. Experiments are discussed in a manner as to understand what questions were being asked that prompted the experiments and the technical challenges that were faced in the process, and results are presented and discussed using primary data and graphs.

Key Features

  • Describes landmark experiments in cell biology and biochemistry
  • Discusses the "How" and "Why" of historically important experiments
  • Includes primary, original data and graphs
  • Emphasizes biological techniques, which helps understand how many of the experiments performed were possible.
  • Documents, chronologically, how each result fed into the next experiments.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Prelude to Biology: A History of Chemistry

Chapter 2: The Cell and Heredity

Chapter 3: Discovery of Proteins and Enzymes

Chapter 4: Protein and DNA Subunits

Chapter 5: The Energy of Cells: Glycolysis and the Krebs Cycle

Chapter 6: Protein and DNA Structure

Chapter 7: Protein Synthesis Part I: Localization of Protein Translation

Chapter 8: Protein Synthesis Part II: The Mechanism of Protein Translation

Chapter 9: The Energy of Cells: Oxidative Phosphorylation

Chapter 10: The Energy of Cells: The Mechanism of ATP Synthesis

Chapter 11: Techniques

Chapter 12: Cell Signaling Part I: The role of Phosphorylation

Chapter 13: Cell Signaling Part II: G-protein-coupled Receptors

Chapter 14: The Secretory Pathway

Chapter 15: The Mechanism of Cell Death

Chapter 16: The Biology of Cancer


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Following a failed career as a musician in his twenties, Pascal Leclair earned a B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of British Columbia, where he is currently a research technician. One of his projects involves elucidating the mechanism of action of caspase-independent cell death following ligation of the cell-surface molecule, CD47; he is also part of the BRAvE initiative at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Vancouver, which is developing a precision medicine approach to inform better treatment for children who relapse from cancer. He is an avid reader and loves music; Pascal lives in near Vancouver, BC, with his wife and twin boys.