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The Biological Chemistry of the Elements

By: JJR Frausto da Silva and RJP Williams
650 pages, 400 line illus
The Biological Chemistry of the Elements
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  • The Biological Chemistry of the Elements ISBN: 9780198508489 Edition: 2 Paperback Dec 2001 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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Describes the functional role of the twenty inorganic elements essential to life in living organisms.


1. THE CHEMICAL ELEMENTS IN BIOLOGY; 2. The principles of the uptake and chemical speciation of the elements in biology; 3. Physical separations of elements: compartments and zones in biology; 4. Kinetic considerations of chemical reactions, catalysis, and control; 5. Energy in biological systems and hydrogen biochemistry; 6. The role of biological macromolecules and polymers; 7. The functional value of the chemical elements in biological systems; 8. SODIUM, POTASSIUM, AND CHLORINE: OSMOTIC CONTROL, ELECTROLYTIC EQUILIBRIA, AND CURRENTS; 9. The biological chemistry of magnesium: phosphate metabolism; 10. Calcium: controls and triggers; 11. Zinc: Lewis acid catalysis and regulation; 12. Non-haem iron: redox reactions and controls; 13. Haen iron: coupled redox reactions; 14. Manganese: dioxygen evolution and glycosylation; 15. Copper: extracytoplasmic oxidases and matrix formation; 16. Nickel and cobalt: remnants of early life; 17. Molybdenum, tungsten, vanadium, and chromium; 18. Phosphate, silica, and chloride: acid-base non-metals; 19. Sulphur, selenium, and the halogens: redox non-metals; 20. Integrated living systems of elements

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By: JJR Frausto da Silva and RJP Williams
650 pages, 400 line illus
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A general overview of biological inorganic chemistry as well as a fascinating novel view of the nature of living systems and their evolution ... The authors have created a text that nicely complements the usual chapters found in advanced inorganic and biochemistry text books ... The principles are presented with clear explanations in a relaxed, conversational writing style. The use of clear and detailed drawings, on nearly every page, enhances the text ... a valuable introductory guide to all aspects of the wild and wonderful world of bioinorganic chemistry. ChemBioChem
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