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Kuriyan J., Konforti B., Wemmer D. The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles

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Kuriyan J., Konforti B., Wemmer D. The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles
Garland Science, 2013. — 1031 p.
The field of biochemistry is entering an exciting era in which genomic information is being integrated into molecular-level descriptions of the physical processes that make life possible. The Molecules of Life is a new textbook that provides an integrated physical and biochemical foundation for undergraduate students majoring in biology or health sciences. This new generation of molecular biologists and biochemists will harness the tools and insights of physics and chemistry to exploit the emergence of genomics and systems-level information in biology, and will shape the future of medicine. The book integrates fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and kinetics with an introduction to biological mechanism at the level of molecular structure. The central theme is that the ways in which proteins, DNA, and RNA work together in a cell are connected intimately to the structures of these biological macromolecules. The structures, in turn, depend on interactions between the atoms in these molecules, and on the interplay between energy and entropy, which results in the remarkable ability of biological systems to self-assemble and control their own replication. The Molecules of Life deepens our understanding of how life functions by illuminating the physical principles underpinning many complex biological phenomena, including how nerves transmit signals, the actions of chaperones in protein folding, and how polymerases and ribosomes achieve high fidelity.
Contents
Biological Molecules
From Genes to RNA to Proteins
Nucleic Acid Structure
Glycans and Lipids
Protein Structure
Evolutionary Variation in Proteins
Energy and Entropy
Energy and Intermolecular Forces
Entropy
Linking Energy and Entropy
Free Energy
Free Energy
Chemical Potential and the Drive to Equilibrium
Voltages and Free Energy
Molecular Interactions
Molecular Recognition
Specificity of Macromolecular Recognition
Allostery
Kinetics and Catalysis
Rates of Molecular Processes
Principles of Enzyme Catalysis
Diffusion and Transport
Assembly and Activity
Folding
Fidelity in DNA and Protein Synthesis
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