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Essential Biochemistry, 4th Edition

Essential Biochemistry, 4th Edition

Charlotte W. Pratt, Kathleen Cornely

ISBN: 978-1-119-31933-7

Feb 2017

744 pages

Select type: E-Book



Essential Biochemistry, 4th Edition is comprised of biology, pre-med and allied health topics and presents a broad, but not overwhelming, base of biochemical coverage that focuses on the chemistry behind biology. Futhermore, it relates the chemical concepts that scaffold the biology of biochemistry, providing practical knowledge as well as many problem-solving opportunities to hone skills. Key Concepts and Concept Review features help students to identify and review important takeaways in each section.

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PART 1 Foundations

Chapter 1 The Chemical Basis of Life

Chapter 2 Aqueous Chemistry


Chapter 3 From Genes to Proteins

Chapter 4 Protein Structure

Chapter 5 Protein Function

Chapter 6 How Enzymes Work  

Chapter 7 Enzyme Kinetics and Inhibition

Chapter 8 Lipids and Membranes

Chapter 9 Membrane Transport

Chapter 10 Signaling

Chapter 11 Carbohydrates



Chapter 12 Metabolism and Bioenergetics

Chapter 13 Glucose Metabolism

Chapter 14 The Citric Acid Cycle

Chapter 15 Oxidative Phosphorylation

Chapter 16 Photosynthesis

Chapter 17 Lipid Metabolism

Chapter 18 Nitrogen Metabolism

Chapter 19 Regulation of Mammalian Fuel Metabolism


Chapter 20 DNA Replication and Repair

Chapter 21 Transcription and RNA

Chapter 22 Protein Synthesis

  • Guided Tours: created by Charlotte Pratt, these multipart animations present big picture concepts conveyed through animations, tutorials and practice.
  • ORION, adaptive learning, primer: students enrolled in biochemistry courses often don’t have the basic chemistry and biology knowledge to succeed in the course. ORION Foundations provides adaptive self study content for foundational Chapters 1, The Chemical Basis of Life and 2, Aqueous Chemistry.
  • A selection of end of chapter questions can be assigned and graded
  • Assignable Brief Bioinformatics exercises Written by Rakesh Mogul, Cal Poly Pomona,  these exercises introduce students to the rich variety of biochemical information and software tools available over the Internet and show them how to mine this information, thereby illuminating the connections between theory and applied biochemistry and stimulating student interest and proficiency in the subject.
  • Sample calculations: Students come to biochemistry with different levels of math skills. These embedded videos, created by Charlotte Pratt, walk students through the Sample Calculations provided for key equations throughout the text.
  • Exercise Questions: Over 750 questions with meaningful immediate feedback. These questions were written by Rachel Milner and Adrienne Wright University of Alberta, based on curating ten years of student misconceptions in the course.