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Af ter a kind mo ti va tion by Judit Si mon (Ed i tor-in-Chief of the Jour nal of Ther mal Anal y s is and Cal o ri m e t r y , Kluwe r Ac a dem ic Pub lis her) and ne go ti a tions with po- si ble con tri bu tors – lasting for m ore than one year – it was de cided to write a book about the ap pli ca tion of ther mal meth ods in bi ol ogy. Its aim was to be a guide how to per form ex per i ments and what kind of in for mation m ight be gained by them. We tried to col lect in for mation tha t could be achieved only dur ing a long per sonal pra- tice. In this way sci en tists from bi ol ogy and med i cine , e. g. , who are not so skilled in phys ics and math e mat ics may re al ize very soon the beauty and power of this tool at one hand. On the other hand, those sci en tists with better back ground in nat u ral sc- ences can be more sensitive to find out exciting biological problems.
Preface.- I:- 1. Order-disorder conformational transitions of carbohydrate polymers. The calorimetry contribution to understand polysaccharide solution properties; A. Cesàro, L. Sussich, L. Navarini. 2. Thermal analyses and combined techniques in food physical chemistry; A. Schiraldi. 3. Recrystallisation of starch studied with MDSC; P. De Meuter, H. Rahier, B. Van Mele. 4. Calorimetric information about food and food constituents; A. Raemy, P. Lambelet, P. Rousset. 5. Using DSC for monitoring protein conformation stability and effects on fat droplets crystallinity in complex food emulsions; P. Relkin.- II:- 6. Structural and functional studies of muscle proteins using differential scanning calorimetry; D.I. Levitsky. 7. Effects of nucleotides and environmental factors on the intermediate states of ATP hydrolysis cycle in skeletal muscle fibres; D. Lörinczy.- III:- 8. Thermal investigation on whole plants and plant tissues; I. Lamprecht, E. Schmolz. 9. Thermobiochemical studies of animal cell systems in vitro. Evidence of their nature from bioreactor experiments; R.B. Kemp. 10. Thermal investigations on social insects; E. Schmolz, I. Lamprecht. 11. DSC examination of the musculoskeletal system; P. Than, I. Domán, D. Lörinczy.- VI:- 12. Quantitative thermal analysis of carbohydrate-water systems; M. Pyda. 13. Statistical mechanical analysis of protein heat capacity accompanied with thermal transmission; S.-i. Kidokoro.- Subject index.