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An Introduction to Biological Membranes: From Bilayers to Rafts

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An Introduction to Biological Membranes: From Bilayers to Rafts covers many aspects of membrane structure/function that bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology. Offering cohesive, foundational information, this publication is valuable for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and membranologists who seek a broad overview of membrane science.

  • Brings together different facets of membrane ...
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Overview

An Introduction to Biological Membranes: From Bilayers to Rafts covers many aspects of membrane structure/function that bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology. Offering cohesive, foundational information, this publication is valuable for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and membranologists who seek a broad overview of membrane science.

  • Brings together different facets of membrane research in a universally understandable manner
  • Emphasis on the historical development of the field
  • Topics includemembrane sugars, membrane models, membrane isolation methods, and membrane transport.
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"It is well written, with a welcome emphasis on the history of lipid biochemistry and membrane biology… his book is readable, current, and well organized...Students of membrane structure and function, as well as experienced researchers in the area, will benefit from reading this book; it can also serve as a course resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended."--Choice Reviews Online, May 2014 "William Stillwell, who for 30 years taught a course on biological membranes, is successful in delivering a broad textbook that can be used in a beginning graduate course on biological membranes… it offers much more extensive coverage of the field of biological membranes than that found in almost any current biochemistry, cell biology, or physiology textbook. This book will be treasured by all who are interested in biological membranes." Rating: 3 Stars--Doody.com, February 14, 2014 "Stillwell…presents a textbook that discusses many aspects of membrane structure and function and bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology without delving into technical matters only specialists can understand. He writes primarily for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, but suggests that even specialists in some aspect of membranes might appreciate a broad overview of the whole field."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

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Reviewer: Joanna Goral, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This extensive introduction to the field of biological membranes describes the complexities of membrane structure and function and covers multiple methodologies widely employed in diverse membrane biology research.
Purpose: The goal is to describe various structural and functional aspects of biological membranes from the perspective of membrane biophysics and cell biology.
Audience: The book is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Yet, considering the wealth of historic information on early membrane pioneers, even researchers who study biological membranes may find this a valuable contribution.
Features: A historic overview of the membrane, including an understanding of the role and structure of water and the hydrophobic effect, begins the book. The molecular composition of biological membranes is described next, followed by chapters on development of membrane models from lipid bilayers to lipid rafts, and on dynamic properties of membranes, including membrane diffusion and membrane transport. Methods in membrane isolation and reconstitution are extensively described, and the significance of membranes in human health is discussed. Each chapter ends with a short summary and a list of references. Multiple figures and photographs illustrate the text.
Assessment: William Stillwell, who for 30 years taught a course on biological membranes, is successful in delivering a broad textbook that can be used in a beginning graduate course on biological membranes. It has less technical detail than many multiauthored, highly technical membrane studies, yet it offers much more extensive coverage of the field of biological membranes than that found in almost any current biochemistry, cell biology, or physiology textbook. This book will be treasured by all who are interested in biological membranes. Besides the easy-to-follow chapters on structure, function, and dynamic processes of the biological membranes, the book is rich with historical information, often spiced with anecdotes about membrane pioneers, seldom found in similar types of books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444521538
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 1,454,119
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. Introduction to Biological Membranes

CHAPTER 2. Membrane History

CHAPTER 3. Water and the Hydrophobic Effect

CHAPTER 4. Membrane Lipids: Fatty Acids

CHAPTER 5. Membrane Polar Lipids

CHAPTER 6. Membrane Proteins

CHAPTER 7. Membrane Sugars

CHAPTER 8. From Lipid Bilayers to Lipid Rafts

CHAPTER 9. Basic Membrane Properties of the Fluid Mosaic Model

CHAPTER 10. Lipid Membrane Properties

CHAPTER 11. Long-Range Membrane Properties

CHAPTER 12. Membrane Isolation Methods

CHAPTER 13. Membrane Reconstitution

CHAPTER 14. Membrane Transport

CHAPTER 15. Membranes and Human Health

Appendix A. Chronology of Membrane Studies

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