Comparative Biochemistry V6 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123955470, 9780323145244

Comparative Biochemistry V6

1st Edition

A Comprehensive Treatise

Editors: Marcel Florkin
eBook ISBN: 9780323145244
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1964
Page Count: 582
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Comparative Biochemistry: A Comprehensive Treatise, Volume VI: Cells and Organisms focuses on the complex composition of cells and organisms. The book opens with discussions on the biochemistry of morphogenesis. Bacterial germination and sporulation; seed germination; egg development of sea urchins; sporulation of cellular slime mold; and amphibian differentiation are described. The volume looks at the comparative aspects of metabolic control, biochemical basis of chemical needs, biochemistry of insect metamorphosis, and hormones in invertebrates. The text also highlights the presence of protein hormones in vertebrates. The differences between neurohypophyseal and melanocorticotropic hormones are identified. The book ends with discussions on the comparative biochemistry of digestive mechanisms and detoxication. Digestion in special physiological and systematic groups of vertebrates, carnivorous plants, and invertebrates; detoxication and adoption of terrestrial habitat; and the developmental aspects of detoxication are discussed. The book is a good source of data for readers wanting to explore the complex composition of organisms and cells.

Table of Contents

Contributors to Volume VI


Contents to Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, and VII

Phylogenetic Charts

1. The Biochemistry of Morphogenesis

I. Introduction

II. Bacterial Germination and Sporulation

III. Sporulation of the Cellular Slime Mold

IV. Seed Germination

V. Sea Urchin Egg Development

VI. Amphibian Differentiation

VII. Summary and Speculation


2. Comparative Aspects of Metabolic Control

I. Introduction

II. Control of Enzyme Activity

III. Control of Enzyme Formation

IV. Activation of Enzymes

V. Discussion


3. The Biochemical Basis of Chemical Needs

I. Introduction

II. The Abiogenic Fulfillment of Biopoietic Demands

III. Requirements for Maintenance of the Fluid Medium

IV. The Nutritional Source of Free Energy

V. Nutritional Requirements for Structural Organization

VI. Requirements for the Catalysis of Organic Transformations

VII. Summary and Conclusions


4. Biochemistry of Insect Metamorphosis

I. Introduction

II. Morphology and Physiology

III. Respiration and Respiratory Enzymes

IV. Amino Acid and Protein Metabolism

V. Lipid and Carbohydrate Metabolism

VI. Phosphorus and Nucleic Acid Metabolism

VII. Special Metabolic Pathways Related to Metamorphosis

VIII. Interaction of Metamorphosis Hormone with Genetic Material

IX. General Conclusions


5. Hormones in Invertebrates

I. Introduction

II. Classification

III. Neurohumors

IV. Products of Neurosecretion

V. Hormones Elaborated by Tissues Other Than the Nervous System

VI. Pheromones

VII. Concluding Remarks


6. Protein Hormones in Vertebrates

I. Introduction

II. Group of the Neurohypophyseal Hormones

III. Group of the Melanocorticotropic Hormones

IV. Group of the Insulins

V. Conclusions


7. Comparative Biochemistry of Digestive Mechanisms

I. Introduction

II. Digestion in General

III. Digestion in Special Physiological and Systematic Groups of Vertebrates

IV. Digestion in Invertebrates

V. Carnivorous Plants

VI. Concluding Remarks


8. Comparative Biochemistry of Detoxification

I. Introduction

II. The Detoxication Mechanisms

III. Reaction Rates and Species Differences

IV. Developmental Aspects of Detoxication

V. Detoxication and the Adoption of a Terrestrial Habitat


Author Index

Subject Index


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