Textbook of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry, Updated 2/e


  • Larry Engelking, Professor of Physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine & Department of Physiology, Tufts Medical School

Written in a succinct style with each chapter including an overview summary section, numerous illustrations for best comprehension, and end of the chapter questions to assess understanding, The Textbook of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry offers broad coverage of biochemical principles for students studying veterinary medicine. Since first year students come into programs with different scientific backgrounds, this text offers students foundational concepts in physiological chemistry and offers numerous opportunities for practice. Bridging the gap between science and clinical application of concepts, this textbook covers cellular level concepts related to the biochemical processes in the entire animal in a student-friendly, approachable manner.


  • Updated four color interior design
  • Instructor website with Powerpoint images for lectures and integrative, sectional testbank
  • Coverage of cellular level concepts related to biochemical processes in entire animal
  • Written in a succint manner for quick comprehension

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Veterinary students taking Veterinary Physiological Chemistry courses or Veterinary Biochemistry courses.

Veterinary students taking Physiology and Biochemistry courses; academic libraries at veterinary programs; graduate students studying animal science; and students in veterinary pharmacy programs.


Book information

  • Published: July 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-384852-9


 "Larry Engelking's book is excellent.  I am going to include it on our list of recommended text books for Veterinary Physiology II."

- Howard Erikson, Kansas State University

Table of Contents

Section I: Amino Acid and Protein Metabolism1 Chemical Composition of Living Cells2 Properties of Amino Acids 3 Amino Acid Modifications 4 Protein Structure 5 Properties of Enzymes 6 Enzyme Kinetics 7 Protein Digestion8 Amino Acid Catabolism 9 Transamination and Deamination Reactions 10 Urea Cycle (Krebs-Henseleit Ornithine Cycle) 11 Glutamine and Ammonia 12 Nonprotein Derivatives of Amino Acids Section II: Nucleotide and Nucleic Acid Metabolism13 Nucleotides 14 Pyrimidine Biosynthesis 15 Purine Biosynthesis 16 Folic Acid 17 Nucleic Acid and Nucleotide Turnover Section III: Carbohydrate and Heme Metabolism18 Carbohydrate Structure 19 Polysaccharides and Carbohydrate Derivatives 20 Glycoproteins and Glycolipids 21 Overview of Carbohydrate Metabolism 22 Glucose Trapping23 Glycogen 24 Introduction to Glycolysis (The Embden-Meyerhoff Pathway (EMP)25 Initial Reactions in Anaerobic Glycolysis 26 Intermediate Reactions in Anaerobic Glycolysis 27 Metabolic Fates of Pyruvate 28 Hexose Monophosphate Shunt (HMS) 29 Uronic Acid Pathway30 Erythrocytic Protection from O2 Toxicity 31 Carbohydrate Metabolism in Erythrocytes 32 Heme Biosynthesis33 Heme Degradation34 Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) Cycle 35 Leaks in the Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) Cycle36 Oxidative Phosphorylation 37 Gluconeogenesis 38 Carbohydrate Digestion Section IV: Vitamins and Trace Elements39 Vitamin C 40 Thiamin (B1) and Riboflavin (B2) 41 Niacin (B3) and Pantothenic Acid (B5) 42 Biotin and Pyridoxine (B6)43 Cobalamin (B12)44 Vitamin A 45 Vitamin D 46 Vitamin E 47 Vitamin K 48 Iron 49 Zinc 50 Copper 51 Manganese and Selenium 52 Iodine and Cobalt Section V: Lipid Metabolism53 Overview of Lipid Metabolism 54 Saturated and Unsaturated Fatty Acids 55 Fatty Acid Oxidation 56 Fatty Acid Biosynthesis 57 Triglycerides and Glycerophospholipids58 Phospholipid Degradation 59 Sphingolipids 60 Lipid Digestion 61 Cholesterol 62 Bile Acids 63 Lipoprotein Complexes 64 Chylomicrons 65 VLDL, IDL, and LDL 66 LDL Receptors and HDL 67 Hyperlipidemias 68 Eicosanoids I 69 Eicosanoids II 70 Lipolysis 71 Ketone Body Formation and Utilization 72 Fatty Liver Syndrome (Steatosis) Section VI: Intermediary Metabolism73 Starvation (Transition into the Postabsorptive Stage) 74 Starvation (The Early Phase)75 Starvation (The Intermediate Phase) 76 Starvation (The Late Phase) 77 Exercise (Circulatory Adjustments and Creatine)78 Exercise (O2(max) and RQ) 79 Exercise (Substrate Utilization and Endocrine Parameters) 80 Exercise (Muscle Fiber Types and Characteristics) 81 Exercise (Athletic Animals) Section VII: Acid-Base Balance82 Hydrogen Ion Concentration 83 Strong and Weak Electrolytes84 Protein Buffer Systems 85 Bicarbonate, Phosphate, and Ammonia Buffer Systems 86 Anion Gap87 Metabolic Acidosis88 Diabetes Mellitus (Metabolic Acidosis and Potassium Balance)89 Metabolic Alkalosis 90 Respiratory Acidosis 91 Respiratory Alkalosis. 92 Strong Ion Difference (SID)93 Alkalinizing and Acidifying Solutions94 Dehydration/Overhydration Appendix References Index