Biochemistry of Signal Transduction and Regulation / Edition 4

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Intracellular signal transduction, regulation of cellular activities, tumor formation, apoptosis - how do they work?" "Over the last decade there has been great progress in the understanding of the molecular basis of signal transduction, and many facts are now basic knowledge for every medicinal chemist, biochemist, and biologist. Since an integral description of cellular regulation and signal transduction is scarcely covered in textbooks, this book fills a real gap. Starting from the principles of gene regulation and regulation of enzyme activity, the topics of this book cover function, structure, and integral construction of signalling pathways plus a detailed description of the various types of carriers such as second messengers, protein kinases, and transmembrane receptors. Central cellular processes like cell cycle regulation, oncogenesis, and apoptosis are discussed in light of the properties of the signalling molecules involved. The author relates the observed biological phenomena to the underlying biochemical processes.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This book offers a very nice general overview of the current knowledge of signal transduction and regulation. The author has done an excellent job of assimilating an inherently complicated subject into clear, simple, and logical descriptions.” (The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2009)

"Krauss has set out to update a general resource for those with interest in signal transduction. The addition of an introductory chapter (Ch.1) makes this edition well pitched to undergraduate with some knowledge of cell biology and biochemistry and would serve as a suitable textbook for an upper-level undergraduate course in this area. the text would also be a useful reference to beginning graduate students in signal transaction and a ready compliment to course that rely on primary literature for course discussions. For instructors, this book would make an excellent companion for teaching signal transduction, as the figures are well laid out and illustrate clearly many points." (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, September/October 2008)

"Well pitched to undergraduates with some knowledge of cell biology and biochemistry and would serve as a suitable textbook for an upper-level undergraduate course in this area.  The text would also be a useful reference to beginning graduate students in signal transduction and a ready compliment to courses that rely on primary literature for course discussions.  For instructors, this book would make an excellent companion for teaching signal transduction, as the figures are well laid out and illustrate clearly many key points." (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, September/October 2008)

From The Critics
A course text for students of biochemistry, biology, and chemistry that describes the structural and biochemical properties of signaling molecules and their regulation, and the interaction of signaling proteins at the various levels of signal transduction. It also examines the basic principles of cellular communication. The 1999 English edition was translated from a 1997 German original. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527313976
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/14/2008
  • Edition description: 4th, Enlarged and Improved Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 646
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerhard Krauss is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth (Germany). His resarch is centered on the mechanism of interaction of DNA binding proteins and their target DNA. He is also a gifted teacher and textbook author, and for many years has been the head of the university education committee of the German Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM).
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Table of Contents

1 The Regulation of Gene Expression 1
2 The Regulation of Enzyme Activity 89
3 Structure and Function of Signal Pathways 115
4 Signaling by Nuclear Receptors 151
5 G Protein-Coupled Transmission Pathway 179
6 Intracellular Messenger Substances: Second Messengers 231
7 Ser/Thr-specific Protein Kinases and Protein Phosphatases 269
8 Signal Transmission via Transmembrane Receptors with Tyrosine-Specific Protein Kinase Activity 311
9 Signal Transmission via Ras Proteins 355
10 Intracellular Signal Transduction: the Protein Cascades of the MAP Kinase Pathways 383
11 Membrane Receptors with Associated Tyrosine Kinase Activity 395
12 Other Receptor Classes 417
13 Regulation of the Cell Cycle 429
14 Malfunction of Signaling Pathways and Tumorigenesis: Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes 469
15 Apoptosis 511
Index 533
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    Straight to the Point

    This text offers general and specific information on cell signaling without all the hand-holding and over-explanations of many higher education texts. The book is straight to the point, offering up to date research and developments, without all the heavy over-wording usually associated with this topic. If the reader wants an over-explanation, this is not the book for you. This text assumes that the reader already has a minimal biological background, and expands on that background to introduce the subject matter. Don't read this book if you want pretty cartoons of cell receptors and proteins either, because you won't find them here, just plain diagrams illustrating exactly what the author is referring to. All in all, a useful guide and reference tool, very helpful for intelligent readers of the subject who want a clear, detailed explanation.

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