Phase Transitions in Cell Biology

Editors: Pollack, Gerald H., Chin, Wei-Chun (Eds.)

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Phase transitions occur throughout nature. The most familiar example is the one that occurs in water – the abrupt, discontinuous transition from a liquid to a gas or a solid, induced by a subtle environmental change. Practically magical, the ever-so-slight shift of temperature or pressure can induce an astonishing transition from one entity to another entity that bears little resemblance to the first.

So "convenient" a feature is seen throughout the domains of physics and chemistry, and one is therefore led to wonder whether it might also be common to biology. Indeed, many of the most fundamental cellular processes are arguably attributable to radical structural shifts triggered by subtle changes that cross a critical threshold. These processes include transport, motion, signaling, division, and other fundamental aspects of cellular function.

Largely on the basis of this radical concept, a symposium was organized in Poitiers, France, to bring together people who have additional evidence for the role of phase transitions in biology, and this book is a compendium of some of the more far-reaching of those presentations, as well as several others that seemed to the editors to be compelling.

The book should be suitable for anyone interested in the nature of biological function, particularly those who tire of lumbering along well trodden pathways of pursuit, and are eager to hear something fresh. The book is replete with fresh interpretations of familiar phenomena, and should serve as an excellent gateway to deeper understanding.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • On the Reversible Abrupt Structural Changes in Nerve Fibers Underlying Their Excitation and Conduction Processes

    Tasaki, Ichiji

    Pages 1-21

  • Nonequilibrium Phase Transition in Scattered Cell Communities Coupled by Auto/Paracrine-Like Signalling

    Berry, H.

    Pages 23-41

  • Interfacial Water Compartments on Tendon/Collagen and in Cells

    Cameron, I.L. (et al.)

    Pages 43-50

  • The Role of Ion-Exchange on Trypsin Premature Activation in Zymogen Granules

    Ding, Y.X. (et al.)

    Pages 51-62

  • Whole-Cell Phase Transition in Neurons and its Possible Role in Apoptotic Cell Death

    Gallyas, F. (et al.)

    Pages 63-71

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Phase Transitions in Cell Biology
Editors
  • Gerald H. Pollack
  • Wei-Chun Chin
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8651-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8651-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8650-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7944-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 184
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