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Thoroughly revised and updated, Handbook of Vitamins highlights the recent research in vitamins and gene expression, vitamin-dependent genes, and vitamin effect on DNA stability. This fourth edition includes new chapters on vitamin-dependent modification of chromatin, analysis of vitamin metabolism using accelerated mass spectrometry, and dietary reference intakes for vitamins. Featuring contributions from international experts, it encompasses classical and modern approaches to vitamins, focusing on human nutrition, vitamin analysis, and vitamin action at the molecular level.

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Reviewer: Dale A. Schoeller, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a major book on vitamins last published in 2001. All 18 chapters have been updated and about half of the authors are new to this edition with the result that this edition contains new information and perspectives.
Purpose: This book describes the biochemistry and physiologic roles of vitamins in humans. It is written from a clinical perspective, and places major emphasis on the biochemical underpinnings of the ever-expanding roles of vitamins in metabolic function. Although the central functions of most vitamins have been known for decades, the last 10 years have seen the discovery of many new roles and the biochemical understanding of these roles as well as of the better known roles has greatly expanded, making this new edition timely.
Audience: It is intended for experts in nutrition, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. It is both an excellent reference and a textbook. It is written at a level that assumes a basic understanding of biochemistry and human physiology.
Features: The chapters are largely organized around the individual vitamins and thus there are 14 chapters, each covering one of the known human vitamins. The authors of each chapter are internationally recognized experts. Additional chapters cover general coenzyme function, epigenetic effects of vitamins, mass spectrometry, and a summary of the United States Dietary Reference Intakes. The book includes a slightly less than average number of black-and-white figures, most of which are devoted to biochemical pathways; frequent and pertinent references; and an extensive and detailed index.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the field of vitamins and vitamin biochemistry. It provides an up-to-date compilation of recent advances in the field without losing the excitement of the original discovery of these essential nutrients and their deficiency syndromes. It provides an extensive breadth of information along with sufficient detail to be of value to most experts in nutrition as well as to new students.
...authoritative and comprehensive....an appropriate addition to any health science or hospital library.
Provides basic background material to aid readers in assessing the importance of new findings regarding vitamin function. In chapters dedicated to fat-soluble vitamins, new roles for vitamins A, K, and D are described. An overview of vitamin E's role as an antioxidant is included, as well as a separate chapter on various flavinoids that play roles in oxidant defense. A section on water-soluble vitamins begins with a brief discussion and review of bioorganic mechanisms. Each of the subsequent chapters on water-soluble vitamins provide a general understanding of chemical, physiological, and nutritional relationships. Some sections highlight methods for evaluating deficiencies or nutritional requirements and the interaction of vitamins with environmental factors. Useful for clinicians, advanced nutrition students, dieticians, and biochemists. Rucker is affiliated with the University of California-Davis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849340222
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/8/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Vitamin A: Nutritional Aspects of Retinoids and Carotenoids, A.C. Ross and E.H. Harrison

Vitamin D, A.W. Norman and H.L. Henry

Vitamin K, J.W. Suttie

Vitamin E, M.G. Traber

Bioorganic Mechanisms Important to Coenzyme Functions, D.B. McCormick

Niacin, J.B. Kirkland

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), R.S. Rivlin

Thiamine, C.J. Bates

Pantothenic Acid, R.B. Rucker and K. Bauerly

Vitamin B6, S. Dakshinamurti and K. Dakshinamurti

Biotin, D.M. Mock

Folic Acid, L.B. Bailey

Vitamin B12, R. Green and J.W. Miller

Choline, T.A. Garrow

Ascorbic Acid, C.S. Johnston, F.M. Steinberg, and R.B. Rucker

Vitamin-Dependent Modifications of Chromatin: Epigenetic Events and Genomic Stability, J.B. Kirkland, J. Zempleni, L.K. Buckles, and J.K. Christman

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry in the Study of Vitamins and Mineral Metabolism in Humans, F. Fonseca de Moura, B.J. Burri, and A.J. Clifford

Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamins, S.P. Murphy and S.I. Barr


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