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Principles and problems in physical chemistry for biochemists. by Nicholas C. Price and Raymond Dwek, published by Clarendon Press, Oxford. Hard back. BIOCHEMICAL EDUCATION April Vol. 3 No. 2 The Mechanism of Photosynthesis kinetics, enzyme kinetics, spectrophotometry and isotopes. Suggestion. What use is physical chemistry to the student of biochemistry and biology? This central question is answered in this book mainly through the.
Physical chemistry of macromolecules: Basic principles and issues. Physical chemistry of electrolyte solutions in topics in physical chemistry. Several problems concerning the physical chemistry of polycondensation processes.
Basic Mathematics for Biochemists.
Suggestions for further reading include books by I. Klotz, A. Lehninger, C. Tanford, K. Van Holde, H. Gutfreund and others. These recommendations are, on the whole, predictable but do not include the Monographs referred to above which are, perhaps, too specialised for first or second year students. The c gs system of units is used. The only concession to SI units is to provide the answers to problems in both systems.
The decision is probably sensible in order to keep the size and cost of the book reasonable. Although most students have received sound grounding in SI units before reaching the university, it must be admitted that the 'diluted' SI units now favoured by many journals tend to obscure the coherence of the SI system as originally conceived. At the outset of a course on physical biochemistry it is necessary, at present, to issue a table of conversion factors to the student: This book came to hand just as the reviewer was completing a new course of some twenty lectures to first year students of biochemistry at his university.
The book was seen to cover essentially similar ground and was immediately recommended to the students without hesitation. Bowen By C. This book is part of a series devoted to student texts in contemporary biology.
In his preface the author says that the book introduces present research into the mechanism of photosynthesis in such a way that each specialist will be interested and led to appreciate the contribution of the others. In addition Whittingham disclaims any attempt at considering all the relevant literature but aims to provide a perspective for the undergraduate and young research worker.
I think that Whittingham has achieved these aims and has produced a fine and brief book. I also think that he has considered all the relevant literature and that the success of the book lies in the manner in which he has selected just those points essential to establish the perspective he sought. The different chapters of this book are devoted to the physiology of photosynthesis, the path of carbon, photorespiration, the chloroplast, light absorption, and photosynthetic phosphorylation.
The basic mechanism of photosynthesis is thus related to the metabolism and the physiology of the leaf as a whole. Whittingham demonstrates the essential contributions that have been made by physiologists, biophysicists, biochemists and anatomists, and shows very clearly that further progress will depend upon an ability to use all these different approaches to the subject.
Whittingham's treatment has been selective in a way which reveals both our present understanding and our ignorance. Each of us will make our own selection. I think that Whittingham will be criticized for not saying more about C-4 plants.
In his defence, it can be argued that this subject has been almost reviewed to death in recent years. The author's treatment of the subject is critical, authoritative and clear.
The only major point in the book which I think will be found to be tendentious is his view that in C-4 plants the weight of the evidence is against the movement of malate between the mesophyll and bundle sheath.
I think that some healthy scepticism about some of the claims made for C-4 plants is justified but the above view calls for a rather fuller discussion of the evidence than it is accorded. The book is written in a concise and compelling style and the major points are substantiated by very clear presentation of the critical experimental data.
Perhaps the most stringent tests of a book are whether one would download it and whether one would recommend it to undergraduates.
On the basis of the relatively selective effect of sodium on the opiate receptor, Snyder suggested that the physiological function of the sodium-binding component may be related to an ionophore and thus the recognition of the transmitter would be converted into a change in ion conductance. Alternative possibilities also raised include involvement of cyclic nucleotide systems and de novo protein synthesis in the transduction process.
It is emphasized that changes occurring concurrent with the administration of morphine should be considered opiate specific only if they are antagonized by treatment with antagonists, are stereospecific and occur at a relatively low concentration of the drug.
However, these criteria have often not been met in research on clarification of cellular events underlying morphine action. In this field the possible rewards are great and involve attempts to develop nonaddictive, analgesic drugs based on the knowledge concerning the endogenous morphine-like ligand and to design better treatment of addiction. Even the receptorbinding assays will find practical application in the rapid screening of new drugs in terms of opiate agonist or antagonist properties.
As always minor criticisms can be made; for example, there is an annoying error on p. The experimental descriptions are occasionally so brief as to be uninformative.
This is disturbing where reference is made to unpublished results e. Clarity is occasionally sacrificed for brevity e. The problems chosen are taken from biochemical systems, so that the students may see their relevance to the biological, rather than the chemical domain.
The book is divided essentially into four parts. This is followed by two brief chapters on spectrophotometry and isotopes in biochemistry. The last part of the book contains four appendices, solutions to the problems, and a brief list of necessary constants.
All the chapters are organized in a similar fashion.
A simple presentation of the principles and the derivation, or statement, of necessary equations is followed by several worked-out problems with detailed explanations of the solution, and finally a set of problems to be solved by the students.
The section on the solutions to the problems at the end of the book contains not only the answers but also explanations of the significance of the result and of the rationale used in obtaining the solution.
This book should prove useful in the teaching of physical chemistry to biochemistry majors.