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Thoroughly clinical, completely accessible, and always relevant.
Millions of people throughout the world suffer from the effects of sickle-shaped red blood cells like those depicted on the cover. Sickle cell anemia is just one of the myriad ways biochemistry intersects with our lives.
This Third Edition of Rod Boyer’s Concepts in Biochemistry highlights the many fascinating intersections between biochemistry and real life. Written with allied health majors and applied life science students in mind, Boyer takes a clinically focused, easy-to-understand approach to biochemistry, filled with many real and highly relevant applications such as metabolic topics and basic drug pathways. The result is one of the most accessible, concise, and applied biochemistry textbooks in the discipline! The new edition continues the complete and balanced coverage of all fundamental concepts in biochemistry of the Second Edition.
“I especially liked your ‘Biochemistry in the Clinic,’ and ‘Windows on Biochemistry.’ They are very thought provoking and show specifically how Biochemistry affects humans and makes it relevant to real life conditions.”
––Siegfried Detke, University of North Dakota
“Rodney Boyer is an excellent writer. His writing style is at the appropriate level and the students genuinely enjoy reading it.”
––Greg Clodfelter, Drake Universit
Now in its third edition, Concepts in Biochemistry integrates biochemistry and molecular biology to enhance the readers' understanding of biological processes. It initiates the study of biochemistry with nucleic acids, especially DNA, playing a more central role. Other biomolecules are treated as direct or indirect products. This approach captures the readers' attention by giving them a current and practical sense of biochemistry and by presenting applications that can be used in their careers.
The third edition of Concepts in Biochemistry makes the most applied and accessible biochemistry text on the market. Students are more successful with Boyer because it isn't intimidating and it makes clear the relevance of the material to their future careers. Like the first two editions, Boyer is written for students who need an introduction to the fundamental principles of biochemistry and are preparing for a career in the allied health sciences, the biological sciences, and the environmental sciences. (The text is also appropriate for use in one-semester courses developed for chemistry majors as a result of the new American Chemical Society requirements for three-credit hours of biochemistry coursework.)
The modern, student-friendly organization sets the book apart from the competition because the early placement of nucleic acids enhances the traditional coverage of protein structure and function, and metabolism. As an example, it is now possible to present metabolism in a more contemporary fashion, emphasizing gene regulation and integration.
Rod Boyer is a recently retired Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has a PhD from Colorado State and recently spent a sabbatical year at Nobel Prize winner Tom Cech's lab at the University of Colorado. He is on the Editorial Board for the journal, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education and has been very active in education affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
About the Author
Rod Boyer is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has a PhD from Colorado State. Rod is on the Editorial Board for the journal, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education and has been very active in education affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Table of Contents
PART I: MOLECULES AND LIFE.
1. Biochemistry: From Atoms to Molecules to Cells.
2. Biomolecules in Water.
3. Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins.
4. Protein Architecture and Biological Function.
PART II: DYNAMIC FUNCTION OF BIOMOLECULES.
5. Enzymes I: Reactions, Kinetics, and Inhibition.
6. Enzymes II: Coenzymes, Regulation, Abzymes, and Ribozymes.
7. Carbohydrates: Structure and Biological Function.
8. Lipids: Structure and Biological Function.
9. Biological Membranes and Cellular Transport.
PART III: STORAGE AND TRANSFER OF BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION.
10. DNA and RNA: Structure and Function.
11. DNA Replication and Transcription: Biosynthesis of DNA and RNA.
12. Translation of RNA: The Genetic Code and Protein Metabolism.
13. Recombinant DNA and Other Topics in Biotechnology.
PART IV: METABOLISM AND ENERGY.
14. Basic Concepts of Cellular Metabolism and Bioenergetics.
15. Metabolism of Carbohydrates.
16. Production of NADH and NADPH: The Citric Acid Cycle, the Glyoxylate Cycle, and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway.
17. ATP Formation by Electron-Transport Chains.
18. Metabolism of Fatty Acids and Lipids.
19. Metabolism of Amino Acids and Other Nitrogenous Compounds.
20. Integration, Specialization, and Hormonal Control of Metabolism.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MODERN BIOCHEMISTRY.
Special Topic I. Signal Transduction: Flow of Information Through Cell Membranes.
Special Topic II. Molecular Immunology.
Answers to Study Problems.