Progress in Biological Chirality

Progress in Biological Chirality

1st Edition - September 21, 2004

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  • Editors: Gyula Palyi, Claudia Zucchi, Luciano Caglioti
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474038
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080443966

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Following on from Advances in BioChirality, Progress in Biological Chirality provides a unique summary and review of the most recent developments in the field of biochirality. Living organisms use only one enantiomer of chiral molecules in the majority of biologically important processes. The exact origin and mechanisms for this surprising selectivity are not yet known. This book discusses current research aimed at identifying the scientific reasons that may contribute to this phenomenon. Progress in Biological Chirality takes an interdisciplinary approach to this exciting field, covering a wide range of topics, such as, theory, palaeontology and food technology, to name but a few. This book presents findings via a broad spectrum of scientific approaches making it an excellent overview of Biological Chirality, suitable for postgraduate students, practitioners and researchers in the field of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, palaeontology, and food science with an interest in Chirality.

Key Features

  • This book contains 32 chapters written by Authors, who are leading authorities in the field
  • Presents the most recent research taking place in this highly challenging field
  • Contains both reference material for the specialist and provides an overview for those who are interested in the fundamental problems of biology and chemistry


suitable for postgraduate students, practitioners and researchers in the field of biochemistry.

Table of Contents

  • Proposed Table of Contents.

    Origin of Biomacromolecular Chirality: In Search of Evolutional Dynamics (V. Avetisov).

    Carbon Monoxide Clusters in the Formation of D-Sugars, L-Amino Acids, Ribonucleotides and Deoxyribonucleic Acids in Prebiotic Molecular Evolution on Earth (N. Aylward, N. Bofinger).

    Molecular Clockworks as Tools for Biological Chirality (L. Bencze et al.).

    Diastereomers Do, What They Should Not Do (H. Brunner).

    Molecular Origins of Life: Homochirality as a Cosequence ot the Dynamic Co-Emergence and Co-Evolution of Peptides and Chemical Energetics (A. Commeyras et al.).

    Use of Amino Acids and Amino Acid Racemization for Age Determination in Archaeometry (J.Csapo et al.).

    Enantiomeric Enrichment in Nonracemic Conglomerates. A Possible Component of the Solution to the Problem of the Origin of Biochirality (S.I. Goldberg).

    Genetic Code: Self Referential and Functional Model (R.C. Guimaraes, C.H.C. Moreira).

    Specific Symmetry of Living Systems (V.A. Gusev).

    Chiral Crystal Faces of Common Rock-Forming Minerals (R.M. Hazen).

    Origin of Biomolecules - Origin of Homochirality (C.Hajdu, L. Keszthelyi).

    Implication of Polya's Urn Experiment and Celebral Lateralization (N. Hokkyo).

    Theory of Hierarchical Homochirality (D.K. Kondepudi).

    Possible Mechanisms for Production of Larger Enantiomeric Excess (D.Z. Lippmann, J. Dix).

    Sugar C-Sulfonic Acids (A.Liptak).

    Racemization of Amino Acids in Hydrothermal Environments: a Contribution of Temperature Gradient (K. Matsuno, A. Nemoto).

    The Theory of Chirality Induction and Chirality Reduction in Biomolecules (P.G. Mezey).

    The Theory of Chirality Induction and Chirality Reduction in Biomolecules (K. Matsuno, P.G. Mezey).

    Transfer of the Chiral Information of Natural Amino Acids in Biomimetic Organic Syntheses (K. Micskei et al.).

    CD and Visual Science (K. Nakanishi, N. Fishkin, N. Berova).

    Volatile Components of Food Aroma: Biosynthesis and Biotransformations (F. Bellesia et al.).

    Chiral Spaces in Encapsulation Complexes (Julius Rebek, Jr. et al.).

    Serum Albumin and Natural Products (L. Di Bari, S. Ripoli, Piero Salvadori).

    Chiral Spaces in Encapsulation Complexes (R.F. Polishchuk et al.).

    Selection in the Model Process of Prebiotic Synthesis of RNA Using Metal Ion Catalyst and Template (H. Sawai).

    Different Internal Gradients for L and D Homochiral Solutions in Homogeneous Magnetic Fields (R. Scorei, V.M. Cimpoiasu).

    Tryptophanase Activity on D-Tryptophan (A. Shimada et al.).

    Deviation from Physical Identity Between D- and L-tyrosine (M.Shinitzky, A.C. Elitzur, D.W. Deamer).

    Occurence of D-Amino Acids in Food (L. Simon Sarkadi).

    Asymmetric Autocatalysis, Absolute Asymmetric Synthesis and Origin of Homochirality of Biomolecules (K. Soai).

    Deviation from Chemical Identity Between D and L Tyrosine? (M. Shinitzky et al.).

    Charophyte Gyrogonites, the Result of Enantioselective Influence 250 Million Years Ago (I. Soulie-Marsche).

    Chirality Transfer in the Formation of the Indole Alkaloids Derived from Secologanin (G. Beke et al.).

    Origin of Biological Chirality (T. Yukawa).

Product details

  • No. of pages: 444
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2004
  • Published: September 21, 2004
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474038
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080443966

About the Editors

Gyula Palyi

Dr. Pályi is a Professor (Retired) of Chemistry of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Modena, Italy) and member of the (Italian) National Academy of Science as well as other Academies. He has authored and edited 5 books on chemistry, patents, and 250 publications cited more than 2000 times by other authors. He has been the chief organizer of the International Symposia on Biological Chirality (since 1998) and of the International Symposia on the Soai Reaction (since 2008).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Claudia Zucchi

Dr. Zucchi is Coordinator and Lecturer of the masters course in Handling of Chemical Substances (REACH & CLP) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Modena, Italy), under the patronage of the (Italian) Ministry of Health, as well as Tutor or Co-Tutor of Masters Theses at this University. She also served as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd International Symposium on the Soai Reaction and Related Topic (2015). She earned her MA (Diploma) in Chemistry (1989), PhD in Chemistry (1994) both at the University of Modena. Dr. Zucchi is the co-editor of 5 books (including 3 with Elsevier) and is author of 84 publications with over 700 citations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Luciano Caglioti

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry and Technology of Biologically Active Compounds, University "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

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