Advances in Biological and Medical Physics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483231075, 9781483281742

Advances in Biological and Medical Physics

1st Edition

Volume 11

Editors: John H. Lawrence John W. Gofman
eBook ISBN: 9781483281742
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 366
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Advances in Biological and Medical Physics provides an overview of the state of knowledge in biological and medical physics. The book contains seven chapters and begins with a discussion of the kinetics of cellular proliferation. This is followed by separate chapters on energy distribution in the absorption of radiation; polymorphic transitions of lipids and their possible role in the structure and function of membranes; and chemical interrelationships between the major classes of serum lipoproteins and statistical interrelationships between the serum concentrations of major classes of lipoproteins. Subsequent chapters deal with applications of thermodynamics and the theory of mechanics to the study of mechanisms responsible for material transfer through the membranes of living cells; the role of the swimbladder rete of fish in inert gas and oxygen secretion; and zone centrifugation techniques.

Table of Contents

Contributors to Volume

Kinetics of Cellular Proliferation

I. Introduction

II. Measurement of Cell Proliferation

III. Proliferation in Growing Cell Populations

IV. Proliferation in Steady State Cell Populations

V. Conclusions

Appendix: Phase Distribution of a Homogeneous Asynchronous Population


Energy Distribution in the Absorption of Radiation

I. Background

II. Event Size (F)

III. Local Energy Density (Z)

IV. Radiobiological Implications

Appendix I. Summary of Quantities, Functions, and Their Interrelations

Appendix II. Relations between Total Track Length, Fluence, and Number of Particles per Unit Area in an Irradiated Medium


Phase Transitions in Lipids in Relation to the Structure of Membranes

I. Introduction

II. Phase Transitions in Lipids

III. Lipids in Membranes


Human Serum Lipoproteins and Their Interrelationships

I. Introduction

II. Biophysical Approaches to Lipoprotein Isolation and Characterization

III. Broad Chemical Characteristics of the Major Classes of Serum Lipoproteins

IV. Protein Composition of the Major Classes of Serum Lipoproteins

V. Properties of Residues from Delipidated Lipoproteins

VI. Distribution of Apolipoproteins in the Major Classes of Serum Lipoproteins

VII. Implications of Chemical Interrelationships to the Distribution of Lipoproteins in Serum

VIII. Lipoprotein Distributions Associated with Serum Levels of a Specific Lipoprotein Class

IX. Major Features of the Data on Lipoprotein Distributions in Human Serum

X. Studies of Extreme Lipoprotein Distributions in Disease and Their Chemical Implications

XI. Concluding Remarks


Biological Barriers and Material Transfer

I. Introduction

II. Classical Thermodynamics

III. Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes

IV. Mechanics

V. Flux and Tracers

VI. Model Systems

VII. Remarks and Conclusions


Role of the Swimbladder Rete of Fish in Secretion of Inert Gas and Oxygen

I. Introduction

II. Gas Tension in Water under Pressure

III. Source of Inert Swimbladder Gases

IV. Gas Solubilities and Salting Out Effect

V. Lactic Acid Concentration in the Barracuda Rete

VI. The Rete Countercurrent System

VII. Carbon Dioxide Tension in the Swimbladder and the Rete

VIII. Oxygen Tensions Developed in the Rete System

IX. Discussion

X. Summary


Zone Centrifugation

I. Introduction

II. Materials and Methods

III. Computations

IV. Convection during Zonal Sedimentation

V. Mass Transport Theory—Sedimentation

VI. Mass Transport Theory—Diffusion

VII. Mass Transport Theory—Discussion

VIII. The Theory of Moments

IX. Boundary Shape Theory

X. Some Applications

XI. Other Reviews



Author Index

Subject Index

Cumulative Title Index Volumes 1-10


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John H. Lawrence

John W. Gofman

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