The Frontiers Collection

The Thermodynamic Machinery of Life

Authors: Kurzynski, Michal

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Living organisms are open thermodynamic systems whose functional structure has developed and been kinetically frozen during the historical process of biological evolution. A thermodynamics of both nonequilibrium and complex systems is needed for their description. In this book, the foundations of such a thermodynamics are presented. Biological processes at the cellular level are considered as coupled chemical reactions and transport processes across internal and the cytoplasmic membrane. All these processes are catalyzed by specific enzymes hence the kinetics of enzymatic catalysis and its control are described here in detail. The coupling of several processes through a common enzyme is considered in the context of free energy or signal transduction. Special attention is paid to evidence for a rich stochastic internal dynamics of native proteins and its possible role in the control of enzyme activity and in the action of biological molecular machines.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Thermodynamic Machinery of Life
Authors
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-33654-9
DOI
10.1007/3-540-33654-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-23888-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06284-1
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 431
Number of Illustrations
150 b/w illustrations
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