Integrated Molecular and Cellular Biophysics by Valerica RaicuIntegrated Molecular and Cellular Biophysics by Valerica Raicu

Integrated Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

byValerica Raicu

Paperback | October 19, 2010

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This book integrates concepts and methods from physics, biology, biochemistry and physical chemistry into a standalone, unitary text of biophysics that aims to provide a quantitative description of structures and processes occuring in living matter. The book introduces graduate physics students and physicists interested in biophysics research to "classical" as well as emerging areas of biophysics. The advanced undergraduate physics students and the life scientists are also invited to join in, by building on their knowledge of basic physics. Essential notions of biochemistry and biology are introduced, as necessary, throughout the book, while the reader's familiarity with basic knowledge of physics is assumed. Topics covered include interactions between biological molecules, physical chemistry of phospholipids association into bilayer membranes, DNA and protein structure and folding, passive and active electrical properties of the cell membrane, classical as well as fractal aspects of reaction kinetics and diffusion in biological systems, structural and functional aspects of molecular machines (including channels, ion pumps, and light-harvesting antenna), as well as fundamental aspects of proteins association in solutions and in living cells.
Title:Integrated Molecular and Cellular BiophysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pagesPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048178258

ISBN - 13:9789048178254

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Molecular Basic of Life; 2. The Composition and Architecture of the Cell; 3. Cell Membrane: Structure and Physical Properties; 4. Substance Transport Across Membranes; 5. Reaction, Diffusion and Dimensionality; 6. Electrophysiology and Excitability; 7. Structure and Function of Molecular Machines; 8. Protein-Protein Interactions; Answers to selected quizzes, Appendix, Index.

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From the reviews:"The book by Raicu and Popescu is coming precisely . to facilitate a clear and unitary understanding of the biophysics as a 'standalone' science within the broader family of physical sciences. This is, in my opinion, what makes this book so special and its publication so timely. . can be relevant to a very broad audience, from college students to experienced researchers. . I . enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in biophysics, either for research or teaching purposes (or both)." (A.S. Carstea, Romanian Reports in Physics, Vol. 61 (3), 2009)