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Biomineralization: Progress in Biology, Molecular Biology and Application, 2nd, Completely Revised and Extended Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-60461-6
361 pages
March 2006
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Now over 50 % new contents.
Incorporating the surprisingly rapid advances in this field since the publication of the successful first edition, this intensively updated and expanded new edition covers all the background as well as the latest results. Now organized according to the main biominerals, the book reflects the increasingly important biochemical aspects and medicinal applications, with four new chapters on biomineralization in mammals, including humans. The whole is rounded off with an entire chapter dedicated to modern methods, especially physical ones that have advanced the field over the last five years.
The international team of renowned authors, under the direction of a leading expert in the field, provide first-hand research results from their own relevant fields. The result is an interdisciplinary must-have account, designed for a broad community of researchers.
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Table of Contents

Peptides, Prebiotic Selection and Prebiotic Vesicles
Magnetic Iron Oxide and Iron Sulfide Minerals within Microorganisms and as Potential Biomarkers
Phylogeny and in Situ Identification of Magnetotactic Bacteria
Biochemical and Genetic Analysis of the Magnetosome Membrane in Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense
Enzymes for Magnetite Synthesis in Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum
Molecular and Biotechnological Aspects of Bacterial Magnetite
Biogenic Magnetite as a Basis for Geomagnetic-Field Perception in Animals
Iron-Oxo Clusters and the Onset of Biomineralization on Protein Surfaces -
Lessons from an Archael Ferritin
The Molecular Basis of Silica Formation in Diatoms
Silicic Acid Transport and its Control during Cell Wall Silification in Diatoms
The Nanostructure and Development of Diatom Biosilica
Biomineralization in Coccolithophores
The Proton Pump of the Calcifying Vesicle of the Coccolithophore Pleurochrysis
The Zebrafish as a Genetic Model to Study Otolith Formation
Lot's Wife's Problem Revised: How We Prevent Pathological Calcification
Aspects of Dentinogenesis: a Model for Biomineralization
The Zebrafish as a Model for Studying Skeletal Development
Modern Physical and Biological Methods for Biomineralization Studies
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Author Information

Edmund Büuerlein was born in 1932 in Höchst (Germany). He studied chemistry in Saarbrücken, Munich, and Frankfurt (Germany) and he completed his PhD with Prof. Th. Wieland on biologically relevant hydroquinones. He then moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung, Heidelberg (Germany), as a research group leader. He completed his Habilitation at the Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Heidelberg in 1974, where he was appointed Professor in 1980. In 1984 he moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie in Munich, Abteilung Membranbiochemie, where he was research group leader until the end of his active service in 1997.
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"Biomineralization ist eine informative und umfassende Monographie für Sachkundige. Die Vielfalt der Themen ist beeindruckend, wie nicht zuletzt das Kapitel von Epple über moderne Methoden zur Untersuchung der Biomineralisation und das einführende Kapitel des Herausgebers über Peptide, präbiotische Selektion und präbiotische Vesikeln zeigen. Dieses breit gefächerte Spektrum ist es, das die Stärke dieser Monographie ausmacht."
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"This book is an excellent source of references to very specific fields in the general area of biomineralization."
—Gerhard Wegner, Max-Planck-Institut for Polymer Research, Mainz, ChemBioChem, 4/2005

"Given the relevance of biomineralization to a wide range of scientific disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, geology and inorganic chemistry, and potential applications in fields such as medicine and materials science, this biook will be undoubted value to many."
—Fiona Meldrum, School of Chemistry, Univ.of Bristol, Advanced Materials, Vol. 17, No. 8, April 18, 2005

"... is a technical monograph aiming at a specialist audience."
—Thomas Lazar, Engineering in Life Sciences, 3/2005

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