An Introduction to Biological Membranes

1st Edition

From Bilayers to Rafts

Authors: William Stillwell William Stillwell
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444521538
eBook ISBN: 9780080931289
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 20th May 2013
Page Count: 378
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An Introduction to Biological Membranes: From Bilayers to Rafts covers many aspects of membrane structure/function that bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology. Offering cohesive, foundational information, this publication is valuable for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and membranologists who seek a broad overview of membrane science.

Key Features

  • Brings together different facets of membrane research in a universally understandable manner
  • Emphasis on the historical development of the field
  • Topics include membrane sugars, membrane models, membrane isolation methods, and membrane transport.

Readership

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and biophysics.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Biological Membranes
    • A What is a Biological Membrane?
    • B General Membrane Functions
    • C Eukaryote Cell Structure
    • D Size of Domains
    • E Basic Composition of Membranes
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 2. Membrane History
    • A Oil On Water: Interface Studies
    • B The Lipid Bilayer Membrane
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 3. Water and the Hydrophobic Effect
    • A Water – Strength in Numbers
    • B Structure of Water
    • C Properties of Water – No Ordinary Joe
    • D Surface Tension
    • E The Hydrophobic Effect
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 4. Membrane Lipids: Fatty Acids
    • A What are Lipids?
    • B Why are there so Many Different Lipids?
    • C Lipid Classification Systems
    • D Fatty Acids
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 5. Membrane Polar Lipids
    • A Bonds Connecting to Acyl Chains
    • B Phospholipids
    • C Sphingolipids
    • D Sterols
    • E Membrane Lipid Distribution
    • F Plant Lipids
    • G Membrane Lipids Found in Low Abundance
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 6. Membrane Proteins
    • A Introduction
    • B The Amino Acids
    • C How Many Membrane Protein Types are there?
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 7. Membrane Sugars
    • A Introduction
    • B Glycolipids
    • C Glycoproteins
    • D GPI-Anchored Proteins
    • Summary
    • References

  • Chapter 8. From Lipid Bilayers to Lipid Rafts
    • A Development of Membrane Models
    • B The Danielli-Davson Pauci-Molecular Model
    • C The Robertson Unit Membrane Model
    • D Benson and Green’s Lipo

Details

No. of pages:
378
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080931289
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444521538
Paperback ISBN:
9780444638038

About the Author

William Stillwell

Dr. Stillwell was a faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for 32 years where he taught a senior level course in Biological Chemistry and a graduate level course in Biological Membranes. He also led an active research lab on the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on model membrane structure and function. He has published 140 papers and 400 abstracts on membranes. He has been an Associate Editor of Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. He retired in 2010 and now maintains Professor Emeritus status.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA

William Stillwell

Dr. Stillwell was a faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for 32 years where he taught a senior level course in Biological Chemistry and a graduate level course in Biological Membranes. He also led an active research lab on the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on model membrane structure and function. He has published 140 papers and 400 abstracts on membranes. He has been an Associate Editor of Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. He retired in 2010 and now maintains Professor Emeritus status.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Reviews

"It is well written, with a welcome emphasis on the history of lipid biochemistry and membrane biology… his book is readable, current, and well organized...Students of membrane structure and function, as well as experienced researchers in the area, will benefit from reading this book; it can also serve as a course resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended."--Choice Reviews Online, May 2014
"William Stillwell, who for 30 years taught a course on biological membranes, is successful in delivering a broad textbook that can be used in a beginning graduate course on biological membranes… it offers much more extensive coverage of the field of biological membranes than that found in almost any current biochemistry, cell biology, or physiology textbook. This book will be treasured by all who are interested in biological membranes."  Rating: 3 Stars--Doody.com, February 14, 2014
"Stillwell…presents a textbook that discusses many aspects of membrane structure and function and bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology without delving into technical matters only specialists can understand. He writes primarily for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, but suggests that even specialists in some aspect of membranes might appreciate a broad overview of the whole field."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013