High pressure biology is an old, fascinating and stimulating field of research. One of the major reasons for the interest in studying high pressure is that this environmental factor also plays an important role in thermodynamics and consequently in biology. Pressure, from a biological perspective, has a bearing on all living creatures. The book presents a panoramic view of this subject from molecules to the overall organism, via the cells and unicellular species, invertebrates and vertebrates, ectotherms and endotherms. This book provides not only the more recent results in each of its chapters but also suggests new directions for research.The intended readership is postgraduate students and research scientists in various fields.
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Table of ContentsPRESSURE AND CELL COMPONENTS: Protein Kinetics under High Pressure; Protein Folding and Aggregation under Pressure; Pressure and Heat Shock Proteins; Pressure Perturbation of Artificial and Natural Membranes; High Pressure and Food Conservation PRESSURE AND CELL AND TISSUE FUNCTIONS: Pressure Effects on Cells; Pressure Sensing: Depth Sensors and Depth Usage; Pressure Effects on Mammalian Central Nervous System; Pressure and Osmoregulation; Muscle Function and High Hydrostatic Pressure; Pressure and Reactive Oxygen Species PRESSURE AND LIVING ORGANISMS: Piezophilic Prokaryotes; Effects of the Deep Sea Environment on Invertebrates; Fish and Pressure; Pressure Tolerance in Diving Mammals and Birds PRESSURE AND MAN: Introduction to the Effects of Pressure on Human Organisms and Other Mammals; Ventilatory and Circulatory Responses to Diving; Inert Gas Narcosis; The High Pressure Nervous Syndrome; Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; High Hydrostatic Pressure and Cancer; Working Under Pressure