Biological Thermodynamics

  • Filename: biological-thermodynamics.
  • ISBN: 9781139470896
  • Release Date: 2008-02-14
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Donald T. Haynie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



This inter-disciplinary guide to the thermodynamics of living organisms has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a uniquely integrated overview of the subject. Retaining its highly readable style, it will serve as an introduction to the study of energy transformation in the life sciences and particularly as an accessible means for biology, biochemistry and bioengineering undergraduate students to acquaint themselves with the physical dimension of their subject. The emphasis throughout the text is on understanding basic concepts and developing problem-solving skills. The mathematical difficulty increases gradually by chapter, but no calculus is required. Topics covered include energy and its transformation, the First Law of Thermodynamics, Gibbs free energy, statistical thermodynamics, binding equilibria and reaction kinetics. Each chapter comprises numerous illustrative examples taken from different areas of biochemistry, as well as a broad range of exercises and references for further study.

Thermodynamics in Biology

  • Filename: thermodynamics-in-biology.
  • ISBN: 0195123271
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 229
  • Author: Enrico Di Cera
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



This book describes several approaches to biological phenomena based on thermodynamics and illustrates the descriptive and predictive power of the laws that govern molecular recognition in biological systems. The current structural emphasis in the study of biological macromolecules provides the motivation for a deeper understanding of the driving forces that determine biological interactions. Because molecular explanations of biological phenomena as inferred from structural information must be informed by and consistent with the laws and principles of thermodynamics, a thorough understanding of biological function requires approaches well balanced between structure and energetics. Topics covered in this book are protein and nucleic acid folding and stability, enzyme-substrate interactions, prediction of the affinity of complexes, electrostatics, and non-equilibrium aspects of protein function. The breadth of the topics covered illustrates the growing importance of thermodynamic approaches in the study of biological phenomena. As more information continues to emerge from structural studies, and faster and more accurate computational methods are developed, we will look at biological thermodynamics with renewed interest as a fundamental tool to decipher the rules for specificity and function in proteins and nucleic acids.

Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

  • Filename: nonequilibrium-thermodynamics.
  • ISBN: 008055136X
  • Release Date: 2007-10-10
  • Number of pages: 754
  • Author: Yasar Demirel
  • Publisher: Elsevier



Natural phenomena consist of simultaneously occurring transport processes and chemical reactions. These processes may interact with each other and lead to instabilities, fluctuations, and evolutionary systems. This book explores the unifying role of thermodynamics in natural phenomena. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics, Second Edition analyzes the transport processes of energy, mass, and momentum transfer processes, as well as chemical reactions. It considers various processes occurring simultaneously, and provides students with more realistic analysis and modeling by accounting possible interactions between them. This second edition updates and expands on the first edition by focusing on the balance equations of mass, momentum, energy, and entropy together with the Gibbs equation for coupled processes of physical, chemical, and biological systems. Every chapter contains examples and practical problems to be solved. This book will be effective in senior and graduate education in chemical, mechanical, systems, biomedical, tissue, biological, and biological systems engineering, as well as physical, biophysical, biological, chemical, and biochemical sciences. * Will help readers in understanding and modelling some of the coupled and complex systems, such as coupled transport and chemical reaction cycles in biological systems * Presents a unified approach for interacting processes - combines analysis of transport and rate processes * Introduces the theory of nonequilibrium thermodynamics and its use in simultaneously occurring transport processes and chemical reactions of physical, chemical, and biological systems * A useful text for students taking advanced thermodynamics courses

Molecular Driving Forces Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology Chemistry Physics and Nanoscience

  • Filename: molecular-driving-forces-statistical-thermodynamics-in-biology-chemistry-physics-and-nanoscience.
  • ISBN: 9781136672996
  • Release Date: 2010-10-21
  • Number of pages: 720
  • Author: Ken Dill
  • Publisher: Garland Science



Molecular Driving Forces, Second Edition is an introductory statistical thermodynamics text that describes the principles and forces that drive chemical and biological processes. It demonstrates how the complex behaviors of molecules can result from a few simple physical processes, and how simple models provide surprisingly accurate insights into the workings of the molecular world. Widely adopted in its First Edition, Molecular Driving Forces is regarded by teachers and students as an accessible textbook that illuminates underlying principles and concepts. The Second Edition includes two brand new chapters: (1) "Microscopic Dynamics" introduces single molecule experiments; and (2) "Molecular Machines" considers how nanoscale machines and engines work. "The Logic of Thermodynamics" has been expanded to its own chapter and now covers heat, work, processes, pathways, and cycles. New practical applications, examples, and end-of-chapter questions are integrated throughout the revised and updated text, exploring topics in biology, environmental and energy science, and nanotechnology. Written in a clear and reader-friendly style, the book provides an excellent introduction to the subject for novices while remaining a valuable resource for experts.

French Women Philosophers

  • Filename: french-women-philosophers.
  • ISBN: 0415261406
  • Release Date: 2004-01
  • Number of pages: 453
  • Author: Christina Howells
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



This reader is the first of its kind to present the work of leading French women philosophers to an English-speaking audience. Many of the articles appear for the first time in English and have been specially translated for the collection. Christina Howells draws on major areas of philosophical and theoretical debate including Ethics, Psychoanalysis, Law, Politics, History, Science and Rationality. Each section and article is clearly introduced and situated in its intellectual context. The book is necessarily feminist in inspiration but draws on an unusually wide range of thinkers, chosen to represent the philosophy of women rather than feminist philosophy. It will be ideal for anyone coming to this area for the first time as well as those seeking to extend their understanding of French thought and Continental Philosophy. Articles by the following writers are included: Francoise Collin, Sylviane Agacinski, Catherine Chalier, Luce Irigaray, Francoise Proust, Francoise Dastur, Barbara Cassin, Natalie Depraz, Elisabeth de Fontenay, Elisabeth Badinter, Francoise Heritier, Helene Cixous, Monique Schneider, Julia Kristeva, Sarah Kofman, Monique David Menard, Francoise d'Eaubonne, Genevieve Fraisse, Michele Le Doeuff, Natalie Charraud, Francoise Balibar, Anne Fagot-Largeault, Colette Guillaumin, Dominique Schnapper, Myriam Revault-D'Allonnes, Nicole Loraux, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Blandine Kriegel.

Handbook of Research on Systems Biology Applications in Medicine

  • Filename: handbook-of-research-on-systems-biology-applications-in-medicine.
  • ISBN: 9781605660776
  • Release Date: 2008-11-30
  • Number of pages: 982
  • Author: Daskalaki, Andriani
  • Publisher: IGI Global



"This book highlights the use of systems approaches including genomic, cellular, proteomic, metabolomic, bioinformatics, molecular, and biochemical, to address fundamental questions in complex diseases like cancer diabetes but also in ageing"--Provided by publisher.

Mechanism and Thermodynamics of Binding Interactions and Decomposition Reactions Within Small Biological Systems

  • Filename: mechanism-and-thermodynamics-of-binding-interactions-and-decomposition-reactions-within-small-biological-systems.
  • ISBN: 9781109026696
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 332
  • Author:
  • Publisher: ProQuest



Combined techniques in mass spectrometry and computational chemistry provide novel characterizations for the mechanism and thermodynamics of binding interactions and decomposition reactions within small biological systems related to enzymatic function, ageing, and disease. Chapter 1 examines Na+ complexes of the deamidation and dehydration products of the acidic amino acids, aspartic acid (Asp) and glutamic acid (Glu), as well as their amide derivatives, asparagine (Asn), glutamine (Gln). Chapters 2 and 3 examine the details of Na+ and K+ binding, respectively, to the intact amino acids Asp. Glu, Asn, and Gln. These chapters investigate structural trends among the amino acid complexes and also between Na + and K+. Chapter 4 investigates the unique secondary deamidation reaction of Na+(Asn). The experimental analysis section of this chapter introduces advanced methods for combined analysis of competing and sequential reaction processes. In Chapter 5, Na+ binding to the simple monosaccharides glucose (Glc), galactose (Gal), arabinose (Ara), and xylose (Xyl) is examined. Chapter 6 investigates the decomposition of protonated Asn through deamidation and (H2O + CO) loss processes. This chapter introduces rigorous data analysis methods for determination of branching ratios among coupled reaction products. Lastly, Chapter 7 examines gas phase structures of cationized asparagine (Asn) in complexes with H+, Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+, and Ba2 + with infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) action spectroscopy utilizing light generated by the free electron laser for infrared experiments (FELIX).

Biothermodynamics

  • Filename: biothermodynamics.
  • ISBN: 9780123860040
  • Release Date: 2011-02-16
  • Number of pages: 369
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Academic Press



The use of thermodynamics in biological research can be equated to an energy book-keeping system. While the structure and function of a molecule is important, it is equally important to know what drives the energy force. This volume presents sophisticated methods for estimating the thermodynamic parameters of specific protein-protein, protein-DNA and small molecule interactions. * Elucidates the relationships between structure and energetics and their applications to molecular design, aiding researchers in the design of medically important molecules * Provides a "must-have" methods volume that keeps MIE buyers and online subscribers up-to-date with the latest research * Offers step-by-step lab instructions, including necessary equipment, from a global research community

Biothermodynamics

  • Filename: biothermodynamics.
  • ISBN: 9780123860033
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 323
  • Author: Michael L. Johnson
  • Publisher: Academic Press



The use of thermodynamics in biological research can be equated to an energy book-keeping system. While the structure and function of a molecule is important, it is equally important to know what drives the energy force. This volume presents sophisticated methods for estimating the thermodynamic parameters of specific protein-protein, protein-DNA and small molecule interactions. * Elucidates the relationships between structure and energetics and their applications to molecular design, aiding researchers in the design of medically important molecules * Provides a "must-have" methods volume that keeps MIE buyers and online subscribers up-to-date with the latest research * Offers step-by-step lab instructions, including necessary equipment, from a global research community

Into the Cool

  • Filename: into-the-cool.
  • ISBN: 9780226739366
  • Release Date: 2005-06-01
  • Number of pages: 362
  • Author: Eric D. Schneider
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Demonstrates how the second law of thermodynamics--which refers to energy's tendency to change from being concentrated in one place to being spread out over time--is behind evolution, ecology, economics, and even the origins of life itself in this scientific tour de force that explores how complex systems emerge, enlarge, and reproduce in a chaotic world.

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