Progress in Biological Chirality

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780444544735
eBook ISBN: 9780080474038
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 21st September 2004
Page Count: 444
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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


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@qu: "The book gives a many-sided and very concentrated up-to-date picture of biological chirality. This book offers broad information for interested specialists, as well as for scientists who are working actively at the border of stereo-chemistry and biological chemistry." @source: Vladik A. Avetisov, MENDELEEV COMMUNICATIONS, No. 6, 2004