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Overview

This handsomely bound volume contains more than 30 biochemistry articles initially published online by Annual Reviews in 2004. It opens with Alexander Rich's (biology, MIT) reflections on a long career in molecular biology. Written by leading academic researchers, other contributions address such topics as the directed evolution of nucleic acid enzymes; the molecular mechanisms of mammalian DNA repair; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of high-molecular- weight proteins; and the GoLoco motif in cell division. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

This is a collection of review articles that are an intelligent synthesis of the vast amount of research literature on the principal contributions in the biochemistry field. It is edited by the most distinguished scholars in the field and written by contributors who are recognized experts in their discipline. It is now available in color.

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Editorial Reviews

Hubert Catchpole
The books in the Annual Reviews series have long been recognized as classic presentations in their respective fields, and that of biochemistry, now in its 62nd year, is no exception. (The present reviewer must declare his interest, having been a contributor to the Annual Review of Physiology in 1949.) There are 19 chapters on a broad range of topics of which something over a third emanate from, or have their scientific roots in, departments or the discipline of molecular biology. The reviews update knowledge in each of the selected fields, and the references are good to 1992. The readership, it goes almost without saying, is biochemists, molecular biologists, and workers in allied fields of cell biology. These volumes belong in general and medical libraries and in departmental libraries of the mentioned fields. These articles are generally above the level of the student, resident, or general practitioner. However, a distinction can be made between closely focused articles and those that cover broader interests. Thus, the general biochemist or general scientist may find his or her interests best served by the chapters on human gene therapy, membrane partitioning during cell division, cytoplasmic motors, structure-based inhibitors of HIV-1 protease (still, alas, a promise only), pathways of protein folding, and tumor suppressive genes. A useful feature is the list of references to articles of biochemical interest appearing in other volumes of Annual Reviews. It is nevertheless not quite true that there is something for everybody in these sometimes extremely detailed and densely written chapters. An exception must, ofcourse, be made for the custom of presenting the ""Life"" of a distinguished ""older"" biochemist, in this volume that of Esmond E. Snell, who reviews his career of 55 years in biochemistry ""From Bacterial Nutrition to Enzyme Structure."" These essays certainly present a broader view of biochemical advance than can annual summations. However, incremental progress relies heavily on such summations.
Ada A. Cole
This volume 64 in the Annual Review of Biochemistry series covers a broad diversity of subjects including mycobacterial envelopes, triplex DNA structures, protein domains, voltage-gated ion channels, oligonucleotide functions, and the nuclear pore complex. Included is an autobiography of Peter Reichard that details, in a very personal manner, his career accomplishments in the fields of pyrimidine synthesis and ribonucleotide reductase. Of particular interest to the biochemist will be his description of his role in the Nobel Institute. The book represents a continuing effort to publish current, high quality reviews by the top experts in their fields. Each chapter contains an abstract, introduction, and summary that should be helpful in assessing the most recent advances. The reviews are valuable to researchers in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as to teaching faculty presenting courses with content in these areas. Although the reviews concentrate on new data accumulated within the last few years, most contain earlier reviews in their literature cited. The comprehensive lists of reviews detail the historic perspective permitting a student to gain insight into the progress of researchers and an understanding of future directions for the research. The volume contains a cumulative index of contributing authors and chapter titles from Volumes 60-64 of the Annual Review as well as a list of related articles in other Annual Reviews. The book contains numerous tables and black-and-white figures that enhance the content of each review. The list of references is extensive and includes earlier reviews and current publications, many from 1994. The appearance of the book is consistent withformer volumes of Annual Reviews. The table of contents and index are adequate. This volume is a mandatory addition to libraries of biochemistry departments for a comprehensive understanding of the status of current research.
Max E. Rafelson
This volume 66 in this outstanding review series contains the contributions of 52 experts in diverse fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, and other related areas. Topics presented among others are: mitochondrial DNA maintenance in vertebrates, molecular basis for membrane phospholipid diversity, regulation of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase gene expression, and the ATP synthase, to name only four. The purpose of this volume is to review the status of selected currently important areas of biochemistry and related areas as to assess what future directions might be. Audiences for this volume are active researchers, teachers, and advanced students in biochemistry, molecular biology, and related areas. This volume has an abundance of current references and a subject and author index. It also includes cumulative indexes of contributing authors and chapter titles of volumes 62 to 66. This is another outstanding volume in this series that reflects a careful selection of topics and contributors. The printing is clear and consistent and there is little if any redundancy. This is a carefully planned and edited volume attractive in appearance and a useful addition to a personal or institutional library.
Anatoly Bezkorovainy
This volume represents a compendium of articles in the most active research areas in the field of biochemistry. It is the 1998 edition of the well-known Annual Reviews in Biochemistry series. The purpose is to present ""cutting edge"" review articles in the biochemistry field. It has been a long-standing tradition to publish such volumes every year. As usual, the articles are written by experts in their respective fields, and are of the highest caliber and authority. The audience is professionals and students in all biomedical and agricultural research areas, especially persons interested in the molecular aspects of biomedical sciences. The articles are largely concerned with molecular biology/molecular genetics and proteins with various biological activities. Personally, I decry the absence of articles on intermediary metabolism; this area has been the mainstay of the field of biochemistry. However, now it has been relegated to publications in the nutritional sciences area. Since one cannot cover everything in a volume with 800-900 pages, priorities must be established. As usual, this volume is sparse on illustrations, and the index is not very helpful. This publication is a well-established tradition in the biomedical research area. The 1998 volume continues this tradition of excellence, where content is of greater importance than appearance and glitzy illustrations. This volume belongs on the shelves of all libraries that specialize in biomedical book collections.
From The Critics
Representing one year's progress in the field of biochemistry, this volume presents 27 papers on topics like Vitamin B-12, error-prone repair, long-distance electron transfer, V(D)J recombination, eukaryotic DNA polymerizes, DNA replication, enzymology, nucleotide remodeling, metabolism, lipoprotein receptors, structure and autoregulation in cellular function, mammalian ABC transporters, lipopolysaccharide endotoxins, unusual sugars, nuclear actin, fast protein folding, RNA editing, and catalytic proficiency. An abstract accompanies each paper and numerous diagrams (a few in color) illustrate the concepts described. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Eugene A Davidson, PhD (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
Description: This is volume 70 of a yearly series that presents a set of selected reviews written by authorities in their respective areas. A broad range of topics are covered and each chapter has a thorough bibliography.
Purpose: The goal of this series is to provide a set of authoritative reviews for scientists working in the areas covered. This is a useful objective, and the current volume fulfills these goals.
Audience: The book is intended for practicing scientists who wish to have a comprehensive, current reivew of a particular area. The editors have selected appropriately qualified authors who meet these objectives well.
Features: As with prior volumes in this series, there is not a single organizing theme but rather a set of individual reviews. A very broad range of topics is covered, ranging from aspects of membrane fusion to evolution of enzyme function. The arrangement of the chapters follows no particular order since it is not intended that this volume be read in any defined sequence. Rather, the detailed material presented offers a resource for any investigator who has an interest in the topic and, as such, the reader will select those topics of value. The accompanying bibliographies are extensive and provide an additional resource. A chapter of interest to all, especially students, is a reminiscence written by Charles Yanofsky detailing his career path. Forty years ago, a book titled Annual Review of Biochemistry could be just that. Regrettably, the dramatic expansion of this field has made this a task beyond the scope of one volume. Nevertheless, the high standard of this book makes it a necessity for those in the field.
Assessment: The reviews in this volume have a well established format that maintains their value. Many other review volumes are available but do not substitute.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824308636
  • Publisher: Annual Reviews, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1204

Table of Contents

An Accidental Biochemist xiii
HIV-1: Fifteen Proteins and an RNA 1
Sphingolipid Functions in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae: Comparison to Mammals 27
Transporters of Nucletoide Sugars, ATP, and Nucleotide Sulfate in the Endoplasmic Reticulum and Golgi Apparatus 49
Ribonucleotide Reductases 71
Modified Oligonucleotides: Synthesis and Strategy for Users 99
The Molecular Control of Circadian Behavioral Rhythms and Their Entrainment in Drosophila 135
Ribonuclease P: Unity and Diversity in a tRNA Processing Ribozyme 153
Base Flipping 181
The Caveolae Membrane System 199
How Cells Respond to Interferons 227
Nucleocytoplasmic Transport: The Soluble Phase 265
Role of Small G Proteins in Yeast Cell Polarization and Wall Biosynthesis 307
RNA Localization in Development 335
Biochemistry and Genetics of von Willebrand Factor 395
The Ubiquitin System 425
Phosphoinositide Kinases 481
The Green Fluorescent Protein 509
Alteration of Nucleosome Structure as a Mechanism of Transcriptional Regulation 545
Structure and Function in GroEL-Mediated Protein Folding 581
Matrix Proteoglycans: From Molecular Design to Cellular Function 609
G Protein--Coupled Receptor Kinases 653
Enzymatic Transition States and Transition State Analog Design 693
The DNA Replication Fork in Eukaryotic Cells 721
TGF-[beta] Signal Transduction 753
Pathologic Conformations of Frion Proteins 793
The AMP-Activated/SNF1 Protein Kinase Subfamily: Metabolic Sensors of the Eukaryotic Cell? 821
Indexes
Author Index 857
Subject Index 920
Cumulative Index of Contributing Authors, Volumes 63-67 959
Cumulative Index of Chapter Titles, Volumes 63-67 962
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