Technological and Medical Implications of Metabolic Control Analysis / Edition 1

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In this cool, objective look at the current state of the art, internat ionally respected authors draw attention to the drawbacks, problems, a nd opportunities associated with this exciting field. The areas covere d include problems with current practice, the imposition of human obje ctives on organisms, understanding health and disease, computer modell ing, the increasingly complex picture of cell structure, control and r egulation of metabolism, and the general contribution metabolic contro l is making to biochemistry on a broader canvas.

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Thirty-eight contributions from an international cast of biologists and biotechnologists attending an April 1999 NATO Advanced Research Workshop begin with discussion of problems with current practices in the field, including the fact that "real organisms vary widely, not only between species, but also between individuals, even in bacterial cultures..." (from the preface). Subsequent papers address current efforts to impose human objectives on organisms, the nature of health and disease, the use of metabolic models to predict the effects of drugs on particular enzymes, recent discoveries about cell structure, and the control and regulation of metabolism. A more specific sampling of topics: moiety conservation and flux enhancement, metabolic control analysis showing how aneuploidy causes cancer, regulation of energy metabolism in hepatocytes, computational approaches to the study of biochemical pathways, and an evolutionary view of glycogen structure. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792361893
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 3 (closed), #74
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Provoking an Argument: Problems with Current Approaches to the Analysis of Biochemical Systems. 2. Imposing Discipline: Manipulation of Organisms for Technological Ends. 3. Understanding Health and Disease: Why Organisms Behave as they do. 4. Taking Aim: Use of Metabolic Models to identify Drug Targets. 5. Facing Reality: Not just a Bag of Enzymes. 6. Thinking about Metabolism: The Relationship Between Control and Regulation. 7. Taking Sk: Control Analysis in the Context of Metabolic Regulation. Contributors. Index.

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