Biochemistry Demystified

Biochemistry Demystified

by Sharon Walker, David McMahon

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Overview

Learn BIOCHEMISTRY without stressing out your brain CELLS

Trying to understand the chemical processes of living organisms but having trouble metabolizing the complex concepts? Here's your lifeline! Biochemistry Demystified helps synthesize your understanding of this important topic.

You'll start with a review of basic chemical concepts and a look at cell structures and cell division. Next, you'll study carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, nucleotides, and enzymes. Glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and the control of chemical processes round out the coverage. Hundreds of examples and illustrations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter questions and a final exam help reinforce learning.

This fast and easy guide offers:

  • Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
  • Details on DNA and RNA
  • Coverage of hormones and neurotransmitters
  • A chapter on analytical techniques and bioinformatics
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Biochemistry Demystified is your key to mastering this vital life sciences subject.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071643481
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 07/20/2008
Series: Demystified
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 857,922
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Sharon Walker, Ph.D., is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) and has done extensive research in various areas of biomedicine. She has taught graduate courses in immunology, epidemiology, cell biology, and statistics. Dr. Walker is the author of Biotechnology Demystified.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Basic chemical concepts
• Concept of pH
• Forces that drive reactions

Chapter 2. Basic structure of a cell – eukaryotic, prokaryotic
• Storage of genetic information
• Metabolism
• Inport/export of biomolecules
• Protein production

Chapter 3. Metabolism – Energy Generation
• Glycolysis
• Citric Acid Cycle
• Electron transport

Chapter 4. Protein Structure
• Amino acids--building blocks of proteins
• Concept of aromatic hydrocarbons

Chapter 5. Protein synthesis & degradation
• Nitrogen fixation
• Assimilation of the ammonium ion Biosynthesis of the other amino acids
• Feedback inhibition in biosynthesis

Chapter 6. Proteomics
• Determining amino acid sequence
• Determining protein function
• Use of antibodies

Chapter 7. Carbohydrates
• Monosaccharides or ketones
• Complex carbohydrates
• Cellulose and glycogen

Chapter 8. Lipid Metabolism
• Fatty Acids – structure & metabolism
• Membranes
• Bioactive lipids - Cholesterol

Chapter 9. Nucleic Acids and nucleotides
• Construction of RNA and DNA
• Degradation of RNA and DNA

Chapter 10. Control of chemical processes – Enzymes
• Catalysts – what are they
• Substrate specificity
• Kinetics

Chapter 11. Control of chemical processes – signal biomolecules
• Epinephrine
• Insulin
• Epidermal Growth Factor

Chapter 12. Specialty functions
hotosynthesis as follows:
• Conversion of light energy into chemical energy
• Structure of chlorophyll
• Bacterial and plant photosynthesis

Chapter 13. Genetics
• The genetic code
• Transcription of the genes/translation into proteins
• Genetic engineering – the basics

Chapter 14. The secret of life
• Bioinformics
• Similarities and dissimilarities between life forms and people
• What's next?

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