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Soft and Biological Matter

Physics at the Biomolecular Interface

Fundamentals for Molecular Targeted Therapy

Authors: Fernández, Ariel

  • Focuses on the role of interfacial forces in understanding biological phenomena at the molecular scale
  • Develops a statistical mechanical framework suited to study the protein-water interface
  • Provides unique computational tools to tackle core problems in biophysics, such as the protein folding problem, the discovery of binding sites in proteins and the rational design of therapeutic drugs
  • Equips the reader with a unique bioinformatics background to develop a technological platform for rational drug design grounded in physics fundamentals
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About this book

This book focuses primarily on the role of interfacial forces in understanding biological phenomena at the molecular scale. By providing a suitable statistical mechanical apparatus to handle the biomolecular interface, the book becomes uniquely positioned to address core problems in molecular biophysics. It highlights the importance of interfacial tension in delineating a solution to the protein folding problem, in unravelling the physico-chemical basis of enzyme catalysis and protein associations, and in rationally designing molecular targeted therapies. Thus grounded in fundamental science, the book develops a powerful technological platform for drug discovery, while it is set to inspire scientists at any level in their careers determined to address the major challenges in molecular biophysics.

The acknowledgment of how exquisitely the structure and dynamics of proteins and their aqueous environment are related attests to the overdue recognition that biomolecular phenomena cannot be effectively understood without dealing with interfacial behaviour. There is an urge to grasp how biologically relevant behaviour is shaped by the structuring of biomolecular interfaces and how interfacial tension affects the molecular events that take place in the cell. This book squarely addresses these needs from a physicist perspective.

The book may serve as a monograph for practitioners and, alternatively, as an advanced textbook. Fruitful reading requires a background in physical chemistry and some basics in biophysics. The selected problems at the end of the chapters and the progression in conceptual difficulty make it a suitable textbook for a graduate level course or an elective course for seniors majoring in chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering or related disciplines.

About the authors

Ariel Fernández (born Ariel Fernández Stigliano) is an Argentine-American physical chemist and mathematician. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in Chemical Physics from Yale University in record time. He held the Karl F. Hasselmann Endowed Chair Professorship in Engineering at Rice University and was a Professor of Bioengineering until his retirement in 2012. To date, he has published over 350 scientific papers in professional journals including Physical Review Letters, PNAS, Nature, Genome Research and Genome Biology. Ariel Fernandez has also published two books: “Transformative Concepts for Drug Design” (2010) and “Biomolecular Interfaces” (2015), both with Springer, and holds two patents (US. 8,466,154 and 9,051,387) on biotechnological innovations. He is currently involved in research and entrepreneurial activities at various consultancy firms.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Interfacial Physics for Water in Biology

    Fernández, Ariel

    Pages 1-46

  • Dielectric Structure of Aqueous Interfaces: From Classical Non-Debye Electrostatics to a Quantum Theory of Interfacial Tension

    Fernández, Ariel

    Pages 47-70

  • Solution to the Protein Folding Problem

    Fernández, Ariel

    Pages 71-103

  • Epistructural Dynamics of Biological Water

    Fernández, Ariel

    Pages 105-120

  • Dehydron-Rich Proteins in the Order-Disorder Twilight Zone

    Fernández, Ariel

    Pages 121-150

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-30852-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-30851-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physics at the Biomolecular Interface
Book Subtitle
Fundamentals for Molecular Targeted Therapy
Authors
Series Title
Soft and Biological Matter
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30852-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30852-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30851-7
Series ISSN
2213-1736
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 483
Number of Illustrations and Tables
87 b/w illustrations, 208 illustrations in colour
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