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For the 6th Edition of this highly regarded textbook devoted to lipids, the title has been modified from Lipid Biochemistry to Lipids to acknowledge the coming together of biological and medical sciences, the increasingly blurred boundaries between them and the growing importance of lipids in diverse aspects of science and technology. The principal aims of this new edition – to inform students and researchers about lipids, to assist teachers and encourage further research – have not changed since previous editions.
Significant advances in lipid science have demanded yet another extensive rewriting for this edition, with the addition of two new authors, to cover new knowledge of genes coding for proteins involved in lipid metabolism, the many lipids involved in cell signalling, the roles of lipids in health and disease and new developments in biotechnology in support of agriculture and industry.
An introductory chapter summarizes the types of lipids covered and their identification and provides a guide to the contents. Chapters contain boxes illustrating special topics, key point summaries and suggested further reading.
Lipids Sixth Edition provides a huge wealth of information for upper-level students of biological and clinical sciences, food science and nutrition, and for professionals working in academic and industrial research. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where biological, medical and food and nutritional sciences are studied and taught should have copies of this excellent and comprehensive new edition on their shelves.
About the authors, xix
About the companion website, xxi
1 Lipids: definitions, naming, methods and a guide to the contents of this book, 1
2 Important biological lipids and their structures, 13
3 Fatty acid metabolism, 44
4 The metabolism of complex lipids, 124
5 Roles of lipids in cellular structures, 187
6 Dietary lipids and their biological roles, 229
7 Lipid assimilation and transport, 253
8 Lipids in transmembrane signalling and cell regulation, 287
9 The storage of triacylglycerols in animals and plants, 304
10 Lipids in health and disease, 317
11 Lipid technology and biotechnology, 367
Index and list of abbreviations, 391
Michael Gurr was Visiting Professor in Human Nutrition at Reading and Oxford Brookes Universities, UK. John Harwood is a Professor of Biochemistry, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK. Keith Frayn is Emeritus Professor of Human Metabolism, University of Oxford, UK. Denis Murphy is Professor of Biotechnology, School of Applied Sciences, University of South Wales, UK. Robert Michell is Professor of Biochemistry, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK.
Reviews of the fifth edition:
"After five editions, Lipid Biochemistry still plays a somewhat pioneering role and a new, up-to-date edition is a timely addition."
– Cell Biochemistry & Function, Nov 2004
" [...] provides a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the subject [...] this is a helpful addition to all studying or researching in the area of lipids and lipid metabolism."
– Nutrition Bulletin
"The student friendly format includes summary panels (text boxes) highlighting the narrative, which are used for issues that generate debate and controversy. The style is easy-going and readable, with humour lightening the serious messages wherever possible. A very good buy."
– Food Trade Review 2004
"The student friendly format includes many summary panels (text boxes) highlighting the narrative, which are used especially for issues that generate debate and controversy. The style is easy-going and readable, with humour lightening the serious messages wherever possible. A very good buy."
– Chemistry World