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Human Biochemistry - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780323857185

Human Biochemistry

2nd Edition

Author: Gerald Litwack
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323857185
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2021
Page Count: 816
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Human Biochemistry, Second Edition provides a comprehensive, pragmatic introduction to biochemistry as it relates to human development and disease. Here, Gerald Litwack, award-wining researcher and longtime teacher, discusses the biochemical aspects of organ systems and tissue, cells, proteins, enzymes, insulins and sugars, lipids, nucleic acids, amino acids, polypeptides, steroids, and vitamins and nutrition, among other topics. Fully updated to address recent advances, the new edition features fresh discussions on hypothalamic releasing hormones, DNA editing with CRISPR, new functions of cellular prions, plant-based diet and nutrition, and much more.

Grounded in problem-driven learning, this new edition features clinical case studies, applications, chapter summaries, and review-based questions that translate basic biochemistry into clinical practice, thus empowering active clinicians, students and researchers.

Key Features

  • Presents an update on a past edition winner of the 2018 Most Promising New Textbook (College) Award (Texty) from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association and the PROSE Award of the Association of American Publishers
  • Provides a fully updated resource on current research in human and medical biochemistry
  • Includes clinical case studies, applications, chapter summaries and review-based questions
  • Adopts a practice-based approach, reflecting the needs of both researchers and clinically oriented readers


Active researchers in biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceutical science, and cellular biology; medical chemists; Medical students, dentistry students, pharmaceutical students, and graduate students in medical biochemistry

Table of Contents

  1. Organ Systems and Tissues
    2. The Cell
    3. Water, pH, Buffers, General Features of Receptors, Channels and Pumps
    4. Proteins
    5. Enzymes
    6. Insulin and Sugars
    7. Glycogen and Glycogenolysis
    8. Glycolysis and Gluconeogensis
    9. Lipids
    10. Nucleic Acids and Molecular Genetics
    11. Protein Biosynthesis
    12. Transcription
    13. Metabolism of Amino Acids
    14. Metabolism of Fat, Carbohydrate and Nucleic Acids
    15. Polypeptide Hormones
    16. Steroid Hormones
    17. Growth Factors and Cytokines
    18. Membrane Transport
    19. Micronutrients (Metals and Iodine)
    20. Vitamins and Nutrition
    21. Blood and lymphatic system


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About the Author

Gerald Litwack

Dr. Litwack was formerly Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Associate Director at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Texas A & M Health Science Center.

Affiliations and Expertise

Toluca Lake, North Hollywood, CA, USA

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