Instant Notes in Biochemistry

2nd Edition

By David Hames, Nigel Hooper

© 2000 – Taylor & Francis

432 pages

About the Book

Instant Notes in Biochemistry, 2/e provides an easy access to the fundamentals in this field. The book is a major update on the very successful first edition with expanded coverage of transcription, RNA processing and protein synthesis and many additional new topics. New illustrations have been added and much of the artwork has been enlarged or redrawn to aid comprehension.


'This textboook of biochemistry provides the core information on the subject in an easily accessible, clear and simple format to first-year students of medicine. The easy flow of language supplemented with suitable illustrations and updated literature makes this book a prize posession for a student of biochemistry.' - The National Medical Journal of India

Table of Contents

Section A - CELL ORGANIZATION. Prokaryotes. Eukaryotes. Microscopy. Cellular fractionation. Section B - AMINO ACIDS AND PROTEINS. Amino acids. Acids and bases. Protein structure. Myoglobin and hemoglobin. Collagen. Protein purification. Chromatography of proteins. Electrophoresis of proteins. Protein sequencing and peptide synthesis. Section C - ENZYMES. Introduction to enzymes. Thermodynamics. Enzyme kinetics. Enzyme inhibition. Regulation of enzyme activity. Section D - ANTIBODIES. The immune system. Antibody structure. Polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies. Antibody synthesis. Antibodies as tools. Section E - MEMBRANES. Membrane lipids. Membrane protein and carbohydrate. Membrane transport: small molecules. Membrane transport: macromolecules. Signal transduction. Section F - DNA STRUCTURE AND REPLICATION. DNA structure. Chromosomes. DNA replication in bacteria. DNA replication in eukaryotes. Section G - RNA SYNTHESIS AND PROCESSING. RNA structure. Transcription in prokaryotes. The lac operon. The trp operon. Transcription in eukaryotes: an overview. Transcription of protein-coding genes in eukaryotes. Regulation of transcription by RNA pol II. Processing of eukaryotic pre-mRNA. Ribosomal RNA. Transfer RNA. Section H - PROTEIN SYNTHESIS. The genetic code. Translation in prokaryotes. Translation in eukaryotes. Protein targeting. Protein glycosylation. Section I - RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY. Restriction enzymes. Nucleic acid hybridization. DNA cloning. Viruses. DNA sequencing. Polymerase chain reaction. Section J - CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM. Monosaccharides and disaccharides. Polysaccharides and oligosaccharides. Glycolysis. Gluconeogenesis. Pentose phosphate pathway. Glyogen metabolism. Control of glycogen metabolism. Section K - LIPID METABOLISM. Structures and roles of fatty acids. Fatty acid breakdown. Fatty acid synthesis. Triacylglycerols. Cholesterol. Lipoproteins. Section L - RESPIRATION AND ENERGY. Citric acid cycle. Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation. Photosynthesis. Section M - NITROGEN METABOLISM. Nitrogen fixation and assimilation. Amino acid metabolism. The urea cycle. Hemes and chlorophyls. Section N - CELL SPECIALIZATION. Muscle. Cilia and flagella. Nerve

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Instant Notes

The Instant Notes series provides concise coverage of each subject, providing easy access to essential information. Each book:

  • focuses on core information
  • enables the reader to grasp the subject quickly and easily
  • offers a structural approach to learning
  • provides the essential facts with detailed explanations and clear illustrations.

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