Description: This book contains descriptions of more than 200 cytoskeletal and motor proteins. It is written by more than 150 contributors, including those scientists who either first reported or characterized the proteins.
Purpose: The purpose is to combine into one text brief descriptions of the enormous number of new intracellular proteins reported within the last decade. The explosive amount of new data that has emerged from this field is overwhelming. This book serves as an encyclopedia to seven major categories of the proteins, including actins and tubulins. Within each area the proteins are arranged alphabetically.
Audience: The target audience includes both the scientist and the student. This book will be informative for the novice or experienced researcher who has been unable to keep abreast of this rapidly expanding field.
Features: The book has a unique organization. For each protein listed, there is an introduction, characterization of the protein, purification techniques, available antibodies and cDNA clones, and amino acid sequence and gene sequence, if known. References include reviews as well as original research articles. Illustrations within the text include black-and-white photomicrographs and diagrams. One helpful feature is the first chapter to each section that serves as a broad introduction to orient thereader to the org anization of proteins in that area.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the library of any scientist involved in cellular function. The information contained within this book provides organization to a rapidly expanding area of proteins that will be extremely important for any cell or molecular biologist to understand.