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Biochemistry: A Short Course

ISBN: 978-0-471-02205-3
505 pages
February 1997
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Harry R. Matthews, PhD, Richard Freedland, PhD, Roger L. Miesfeld, PhD

No scientific discipline has experienced such explosive growth or attracted so much popular attention over the past several decades as the study of life at the molecular level. The most quantitative of biological sciences, biochemistry studies the chemical components of living matter; the reactions these components undergo; the energetic changes that accompany such reactions; and the organization, replication, and expression of genes.

Biochemistry: A Short Course introduces students to the fundamentals of this fascinating scientific discipline. Based on the authors' years of experience teaching graduate, undergraduate, and professional courses, this comprehensive introduction caters to the specific needs of researchers and students who must familiarize themselves rapidly with core concepts, principles, and theories. Students are afforded a unique opportunity to arrive at a full understanding of important current and pending achievements in the field, without having to wade through extraneous technical details and lengthy theoretical discussions more appropriate to a lab manual or specialized text.

Identifies key concepts and covers the essentials for nonmajors and anyone looking for a concise review of modern aspects of biochemistry
* Ideal for quick review, follows the critically acclaimed Short Course format, with abundant clear illustrations of key concepts
* Includes closely related areas of molecular and cell biology
* Features practical examples, including cancer and other diseases, drawn primarily from humans


Here is the ideal textbook for medical students as well as graduates and undergraduates in biochemistry, medical biochemistry, and molecular biology courses. It is also an excellent selection for technicians and related professionals who want to review modern aspects of biochemistry in a concise format.
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Partial table of contents:

Molecules and Cells.

Nucleic Acids.

Proteins.

Membranes.

Nucleoprotein Complexes.

Hemoglobin Illustrates Protein Behavior.

Introduction to Enzymes.

Regulation of Enzyme Activity by Noncovalent Changes.

Regulation of Enzyme Activity by Covalent Changes.

Proteins of the Cytoskeleton and the Extracellular Matrix.

Glycolysis, Citric-Acid Cycle, and Electron Transport System.

Gluconeogenesis.

Fatty-Acid Metabolism: Catabolism.

Lipid Metabolism: Synthesis and Transport.

Metabolism of Other Aliphatic Amino Acids.

Metabolism of Aromatic Amino Acids and Protein Economy.

Purines, Pyrimidines, and Heme Metabolism.

Genome Organization.

DNA Replication.

DNA Repair and Recombination.

RNA Processing.

Protein Synthesis.

Protein Targeting and Turnover.

Molecular Biology of Animal Viruses.

Oncogenes and Human Cancer.

Appendix.

Glossary.

Index.
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