1st Edition

Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Vitamins

By George F.M. Ball Copyright 2025
    512 Pages 149 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Vitamins is a key resource describing how vitamins function as physiologically active molecules at the cellular level. The contents of the book are divided into four sections including a thorough introduction; biological perspectives; fat-soluble vitamins; and water-soluble vitamins.  Vitamin chapters cover information on chemical structures; intestinal absorption; plasma transport and metabolism; biochemical and physiological actions; regulations of gene expression; immunological properties; deficiency-related diseases.  The “perspectives” chapters facilitate the understanding of vitamin biology; including the theory of biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, molecular genetics, and immunology.


    ·       Facilitates learning and understanding through a logical flow of information.

    ·       Discusses vitamin “behavior” across a wide range of biological disciplines.

    ·       Discusses immunological and deficiency-related diseases including as coronary artery disease, diabetes and cancer; and potential toxicity.

    Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Vitaminsappeals tothoseinvolvedinvitaminresearchorteaching,post-graduate students studyingnutritionorhealth-related topics,health practitioners,andscientists.

    Part I: Introduction. 1 Nutritional Aspects of Vitamins. Part II: Biological Perspectives. 2 Membrane Physiology. 3 Functional Anatomy of the Small and Large Intestine, Liver and Kidney. 4 General Physiology of Digestion and Absorption. 5 Glucose Transport. 6 Metabolism and Transport of Lipids. 7 Topics of Biochemistry. 8 Transduction of Intracellular Signals. 9 Type II Nuclear Receptor-Mediated Transcription. 10 A Guide to the Immune System. 11 Physiology of the Vascular System. 12 Structure of Bone and its Growth and Development. 13 The Blood—Brain, Blood—Cerebrospinal Fluid and Placental Barriers. 14 The Cell Cycle, Apoptosis and Cancer. Part III: The Fat-Soluble Vitamins. 15 Vitamin A: Retinoids and the Provitamin A Carotenoids. 16 Vitamin D. 17 Vitamin E. 18 Vitamin K. Part IV: The Water-Soluble Vitamins. 19 Thiamin (Vitamin B1) . 20 Flavins: Riboflavin, FMN and FAD (Vitamin B2). 21 Niacin: Nicotinic Acid and Nicotinamide. 22 Vitamin B6. 23 Pantothenic Acid. 24 Biotin. 25 Folate. 26 Vitamin B12. 27 Vitamin C.


    George Frederick Mark Ball was born in Windsor, County of Berkshire, England on the fourth of May, 1942. He spent most of his working life in various commercial and research laboratories concerned with pharmaceutical analysis, clinical analysis, biochemical analysis, food analysis, and natural product chemistry (isolation of potential new antibiotics). He was also a technical writer preparing dossiers on potential new drugs for submission to the authorities for clinical trial and marketing permissions. He is the author of several books and book chapters on vitamins. He received the B.Sc. honors degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Nottingham, School of Agriculture, Sutton Bonington, specializing in applied animal physiology.