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Understanding Bioanalytical Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Understanding Bioanalytical Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Victor A. Gault, Neville H. McClenaghan

ISBN: 978-0-470-02907-7

Mar 2009

300 pages

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$88.95

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"The title captures the ethos and content precisely. It brings basic chemistry into real life with examples that illustrate how chemical principals are inherent to bioanalytical procedures, making them accessible to readers with a background in life sciences." –Microbiology Today, July 2009

“… a good overview of the basic strategies to tackle the complexity of analysis in biological environments and provides some illustrative examples for a better understanding of the theoretical concepts… provides a fundamental introduction to the tools adopted by life and health scientists in the evolving and exciting new age of “omics” specifically applied to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of disease…” –Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, October 2009


Although chemistry is core to the life and health sciences, it is often viewed as a challenging subject.

Conventional textbooks tend to present chemistry in a way that is not always easily accessible to students, particularly those coming from diverse educational backgrounds, who may not have formally studied chemistry before.

This prompted the authors to write this particular textbook, taking a new, fresh and innovative approach to teaching and learning of chemistry, focusing on bioanalysis to set knowledge in context. This textbook is primarily targeted to undergraduate life and health science students, but may be a useful resource for practising scientists in a range of disciplines.

In this textbook the authors have covered basic principles, terminology and core technologies, which include key modern experimental techniques and equipment used to analyse important biomolecules in diagnostic, industrial and research settings.

Written by two authors with a wealth of experience in teaching, research and academic enterprise, this textbook represents an invaluable tool for students and instructors across the diverse range of biological and health science courses.

Key Features:

  • Innovative, stand alone teaching and learning resource to enhance delivery of undergraduate chemistry provision to life and health scientists.
  • Develops student knowledge and understanding of core concepts with reference to relevant, real-life, examples.
  • Clearly written and user-friendly, with numerous full colour illustrations, annotated images, diagrams and tables to enhance learning.
  • Incorporates a modern approach to teaching and learning to motivate the reader and encourage student-centred learning.
  • Dr Victor Gault has been named recipient of the Rising Star Award 2009 by the internationally acclaimed European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).






















Preface ix

1 Introduction to biomolecules 1

1.1 Overview of chemical and physical attributes of biomolecules 2

1.2 Classification of biomolecules 5

1.3 Features and characteristics of major biomolecules 6

1.4 Structure–function relationships 21

1.5 Significance of biomolecules in nature and science 21

2 Analysis and quantification of biomolecules 29

2.1 Importance of accurate determination of biomolecules 30

2.2 Major methods to detect and quantify biomolecules 33

2.3 Understanding mass, weight, volume and density 34

2.4 Understanding moles and molarity 38

2.5 Understanding solubility and dilutions 46

3 Transition metals in health and disease 53

3.1 Structure and characteristics of key transition metals 54

3.2 Importance of transition metals in physiological processes 60

3.3 Transition metals as mediators of disease processes 64

3.4 Therapeutic implications of transition metals 71

3.5 Determination of transition metals in nature 73

4 Ions, electrodes and biosensors 77

4.1 Impact of ions and oxidation–reduction reactions on physical and life processes 78

4.2 pH, biochemical buffers and physiological regulation 83

4.3 Chemical and physical sensors and biosensors 88

4.4 Important measurements using specific electrodes 91

4.5 Specific applications of biosensors in life and health sciences 93

5 Applications of spectroscopy 99

5.1 An introduction to spectroscopic techniques 100

5.2 Major types of spectroscopy 104

5.3 Principles and applications of ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometry 105

5.4 Principles and applications of infrared spectroscopy 113

5.5 Principles and applications of fluorescence spectrofluorimetry 118

6 Centrifugation and separation 123

6.1 Importance of separation methods to isolate biomolecules 124

6.2 Basic principles underlying centrifugation 126

6.3 Features and components of major types of centrifuge 129

6.4 Major centrifugation methods for bioanalysis 133

6.5 Flow cytometry: principles and applications of this core method of separation 136

7 Chromatography of biomolecules 141

7.1 Chromatography: a key method for separation and identification of biomolecules 142

7.2 Principles, types and modes of chromatography 143

7.3 Applications of chromatography in life and health sciences 153

7.4 High-performance liquid chromatography and advanced separation technologies 154

7.5 Additional state-of-the-art chromatography techniques 160

8 Principles and applications of electrophoresis 163

8.1 Principles and theory of electrophoretic separation 164

8.2 Major types of electrophoresis 165

8.3 Electrophoresis in practice 169

8.4 Applications of electrophoresis in life and health sciences 177

8.5 Advanced electrophoretic separation methodologies for genomics and proteomics 178

9 Applications of mass spectrometry 183

9.1 Major types of mass spectrometry 184

9.2 Understanding the core principles of mass spectrometry 186

9.3 Major types of mass spectrometry in practice 191

9.4 Mass spectrometry: a key tool for bioanalysis in life and health sciences 194

9.5 Mass spectrometry: future perspectives 196

10 Immunochemical techniques and biological tracers 199

10.1 Antibodies: the keys to immunochemical measurements 200

10.2 Analytical applications of biological tracers 208

10.3 Principles and applications of radioimmunoassay (RIA) 212

10.4 Principles and applications of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) 216

10.5 Immunohistochemistry: an important diagnostic tool 221

11 Bioanalysis by magnetic resonance technologies: NMR and MRI 225

11.1 Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies: key tools for the life and health sciences 226

11.2 Principles of NMR and the importance of this biomolecular analytical technique 229

11.3 Established and emerging applications of NMR 235

11.4 Principles and uses of MRI 236

11.5 MRI as a principal diagnostic and research tool 241

12 Bioanalytical approaches from diagnostic, research and pharmaceutical perspectives 247

12.1 Clinical genomics, proteomics and metabolomics 248

12.2 Clinical diagnosis and screening 251

12.3 Research and development 254

12.4 Emerging pharmaceutical products 258

12.5 Future perspectives 260

13 Self-Assessment 265

Appendix 1: International system of units (SI) and common prefixes 273

Appendix 2: The periodic table of the elements 275

Appendix 3: Common solvents and biological buffers 277

Appendix 4: Answers to self-assessment questions 279

Index 281

"The authors have attempted to create a text that is more palatable for undergraduate cohorts, and they have succeeded well in this aim. … [A] useful introductory text on the fundamentals of bioanalytical chemistry." (Australian Biochemist, December 2009)

"This book provides a good introduction to the bioanalysis world … .The authors have succeeded in using real-life examples to illustrate chemical principles and applications." (Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, October 2009)

"The title captures the ethos and content precisely. It brings basic chemistry into real life with examples that illustrate how chemical principals are inherent to bioanalytical procedures, making them accessible to readers with a background in life sciences." (Microbiology Today, July 2009)

  • Innovative, stand alone teaching and learning resource to enhance delivery of undergraduate chemistry provision to the biomedical sciences
  • Develops student knowledge and understanding of core concepts with reference to relevant, real-life, examples
  • Clearly written and user-friendly, with numerous full colour illustrations, diagrams and tables to enhance learning