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Biochemistry: A Short Course


By: John L Tymoczko(Author), Jeremy M Berg(Author), Lubert Stryer(Author)

800 pages, illustrations

W.H. Freeman & Co. Ltd

Paperback | May 2015 | Edition: 3 | #223918 | ISBN-13: 9781464126130
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Derived from the classic text originated by Lubert Stryer and continued by John Tymoczko and Jeremy Berg, Biochemistry: A Short Course focuses on the major topics taught in a one-semester biochemistry course. With its short chapters and relevant examples, it's uniquely effective in helping students see the connections between the biochemistry they're studying and their own lives.

This new edition takes into account recent discoveries and advances that have changed how we think about the fundamental concepts in biochemistry and human health. A number of new interactive features are designed to help instructors create a more active environment in the classroom. Those new resources are found in LaunchPad, the third edition's dedicated version of W.H. Freeman's breakthrough online course space.

New to this edition:
Active Classroom Environment
The new edition responds to instructor requests by providing new resources that aid in creating an active classroom environment:
    • NEW Online Case Studies, assignable and assessable, are easily to integrate into a course. Each online case study gives students practice in working with data, developing critical thinking skills, connecting topics and applying knowledge to real scenarios. We also provide instructional guidance with each case study (with suggestions on how to use the case in the classroom) and aligned assessment questions for quizzes and exams.
    • NEW Clicker Questions allow instructors to integrate active learning in the classroom and to assess students’ understanding of key concepts during lectures. Available in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Expanded Physiological Focus
Pulling from recent discoveries and advances, the new edition emphasizes the importance of learning the physiological and clinical side of biochemistry. New to this edition:
     • New section on “Mutations in Genes Encoding Hemoglobin Subunits Can Result in Disease” (Chapter 9)
     • 16 new clinical insights, demonstrating the relevance of human health and disease in biochemistry.

Increased Coverage of the Fundamentals
Working with instructors, the authors determined a need for greater emphasis on the fundamentals of biochemistry, especially metabolism (chapters 14 & 15). Expanded coverage includes:
     • Digestive enzymes
     • Protein digestion
     • Celiac disease
     • Energy
     • Phosphates in biochemical processes

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Section 1: Biochemistry
Chapter 1: Biochemistry and the Unity of Life
Chapter 2: Water, Weak Bonds and the Generation of Order Out of Chaos

Section 2: Protein Composition and Structure
Chapter 3: Amino Acids
Chapter 4: Protein Three-Dimensional Structure
Chapter 5: Techniques in Protein Biochemistry

Section 3: Basic Concepts and Kinetics of Enzymes
Chapter 6: Basic Concepts of Enzyme Action
Chapter 7: Kinetics and Regulation
Chapter 8: Mechanisms and Inhibitors
Chapter 9: Hemoglobin, An Allosteric Protein

Section 4: Carbohydrates and Lipids
Chapter 10: Carbohydrates
Chapter 11: Lipids

Section 5: Cell Membranes, Channels, Pumps and Receptors
Chapter 12: Membrane Structure and Function
Chapter 13: Signal-Transduction Pathways

Section 6: Basic Concepts and Design of Metabolism
Chapter 14: Digestion: Turning a Meal into Cellular Biochemicals
Chapter 15: Metabolism: Basic Concepts and Design

Section 7: Glycolysis and Gluconeogenesis
Chapter 16: Glycolysis
Chapter 17: Gluconeogenesis

Section 8: The Citric Acid Cycle
Chapter 18: Preparation for the cycle
Chapter 19: Harvesting electrons from the cycle

Section 9: Oxidative Phosphorylation
Chapter 20: The Electron-Transport Chain
Chapter 21: The Proton-Motive Force
Section 10: The Light Reactions of Photosynthesis and the Calvin Cycle
Chapter 22: The Light Reactions
Chapter 23: The Calvin Cycle

Section 11: Glycogen Metabolism and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway
Chapter 24: Glycogen Degradation
Chapter 25: Glycogen Synthesis
Chapter 26: The Pentose Phosphate Pathway

Section 12: Fatty Acid and Lipid Metabolism
Chapter 27: Fatty Acid Degradation
Chapter 28: Fatty Acid Synthesis
Chapter 29: Lipid Synthesis: Storage Lipids, Phospholipids, and Cholesterol

Section 13: The Metabolism of Nitrogen-Containing Molecules
Chapter 30: Amino Acid Degradation and the Urea Cycle
Chapter 31: Amino Acid Synthesis
Chapter 32: Nucleotide Metabolism

Section 14: Nucleic Acid Structure and DNA Replication
Chapter 33: The Structure of Informational Macromolecules: DNA and RNA
Chapter 34: DNA Replication
Chapter 35: DNA Repair and Recombination

Section 15: RNA Synthesis, Processing and Regulation
Chapter 36: RNA Synthesis and Regulation in Bacteria
Chapter 37: Gene Expression in Eukaryotes
Chapter 38: RNA Processing in Eukaryotes

Section 16: Protein Synthesis and Recombinant DNA Techniques
Chapter 39: The Genetic Code
Chapter 40: The Mechanism of Protein Synthesis
Chapter 41: Recombinant DNA Techniques

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John L. Tymoczko is Towsley Professor of Biology at Carleton College, where he has taught since 1976. He currently teaches Biochemistry, the Metabolic Basis of Human Disease, Oncogenes and the Molecular Biology of Cancer, and Exercise Biochemistry and co-teaches an introductory course, Energy Flow in Biological Systems.

Jeremy M. Berg received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Stanford (where he did research with Keith Hodgson and Lubert Stryer) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard with Richard Holm. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Carl Pabo in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Lubert Stryer is Winzer Professor of Cell Biology, Emeritus, in the School of Medicine and Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus, at Stanford University, where he has been on the faculty since 1976. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

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