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Liquid Crystals & Biological Structures covers analogies between biological structures and behavior of living cells to liquid crystalline structures and their behavior. It emphasizes that the physical state of the matter involved in life processes is to a great extent liquid crystalline.
The first chapters discuss the physical, chemical, structural, and optical properties of liquid crystals, as well as the structure of the principal molecules associated with life systems. The core chapters cover selected cellular structures exhibiting liquid crystalline behavior to emphasize the nature of various cellular membranes, from the cell membranes to the receptors and effectors. The book also considers differentiated organelles of the cell that are specialized for photoreception, including chloroplasts for photosynthesis, the retinal photoreceptors of the eye, and the rods and cones for visual excitation.
This book is suited for students and bioscientists who are interested in the potential of the liquid crystalline state in exploring a variety of biological phenomena.
Liquid Crystals and The Cell
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Classifications of Liquid Crystals
II. Gaseous, Liquid, Liquid Crystalline, and Solid States of Matter
III. Classification and Nomenclature of Thermotropic Liquid Crystals
IV. Classification and Nomenclature of Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Chapter 3 Structure of Liquid Crystals
II. Molecular Structure and Polymorphism of Thermotropic Liquid Crystals
III. Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Chapter 4 Optical Properties of Liquid Crystals
I. Optical Characteristics
II. Textures of Thermotropic Liquid Crystals
III. Textures of Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Chapter 5 The Structural Molecules of Life
VI. Nucleic Acids
VII. Pyrroles and Porphyrins
VIII. ADP-ATP System
Chapter 6 Molecules, Macromolecules, and Self-Organizing Systems
II. Synthesis of Organic Compounds
III. Structural Models
IV. Cellular Models
Chapter 7 The Cell and Cellular Structures
Receptors, Effectors, and Membranes
Chapter 8 Photoreceptor Structures: The Chloroplasts
I. The Chloroplast Structure and Photosynthesis
II. The Chloroplast Molecular Structure
III. Chloroplastin: Chlorophyll-Protein Micelles
Chapter 9 Visual Systems: The Optical and Photoreceptor Structures
I. The Eye and Visual Excitation
II. The Visual Pigment
Chapter 10 Fibrous Protein Structures and Effectors
II. Fibrous Protein Structures
III. Effectors: Muscle and Nerve
Chapter 11 Membranes
II. Molecular Structure
III. Membrane Models
Applications to Medicine and Summary
Chapter 12 Liquid Crystals in Medicine
II. Temperature Sensing
Chapter 13 Summary
II. Cholesteric-Nematic Liquid Crystals
IV. Analytical Tool
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- © Academic Press 1979
- 28th January 1979
- Academic Press
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Glenn Brown has done freelance writing for a number of computer-related publications. As president of MagicMac Publishing, the developers of INITInfo, INITInfo Pro, and DiagnoSYS, Glenn was one of the first to develop and market software diagnostic tools for the Macintosh. He and co-panelist Steven Bobker have given the popular Resolving System Conflicts lectures at MacWorld Expo in Boston, San Francisco, and Toronto. He also co-authored Customizing Your Mac for Fun and Productivity with fellow AP Professional author Bob LeVitus.
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