Cart
Free Shipping on all orders in Australia
Over 7 million books in stock
We aim to be carbon neutral by 2022
Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction By Paul Engel (Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University College Dublin)

Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Engel (Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University College Dublin)

Condition - New
$23.69
Only 2 left

Summary

Enzymes are the molecular machines that make life possible. Working as catalysts, teams of enzymes carry out the processes that power the bodies of living things, from making DNA to digesting food. This book explains what enzymes are, what they do, and how they do it, from enzymes inside our cells to those in washing powders and food production.

Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction Summary

Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Engel (Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University College Dublin)

Enzymes are the astonishing, tiny molecular machines that make life possible. Each one of these small proteins speeds up a single chemical reaction inside a living organism many millionfold. Working together, teams of enzymes carry out all the processes that collectively we recognise as life, from making DNA to digesting food. This Very Short Introduction explains the why and the how of speeding up these reactions - catalysis - before going on to reveal how we have evolved these catalysts of such extraordinary power and exquisite selectivity. Paul Engel shows how X-ray crystallography has revealed the complex molecular shapes that allow enzymes to function at an extraordinarily sophisticated level. He also examines medical aspects of enzymes, both in the way faulty enzymes cause disease and in the way enzymes can be used for diagnosis and therapy. Finally, he looks at the many varied ways in which individual enzymes, taken out of their biological context, are used nowadays as tools - in washing powders, food production, waste treatment, and chemical synthesis. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

About Paul Engel (Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University College Dublin)

Paul Engel is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at University College Dublin. He lectured at Sheffield for many years before taking up the Chair of Biochemistry at University College Dublin in 1994, where his research career focussed on enzymology, kinetics, and protein engineering. Paul Engel has taken an active interest in the public awareness of science and started a programme at UCD for training Ph. D. students in presenting science to the public. Elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2001, he has also chaired its Life Sciences Committee. In 2010 he was awarded the Biochemical Irish Area Section's Medal for outstanding research carried out in Ireland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of illustrations 1: No enzymes, no life 2: Making things happen 3: Making things happen 4: Nuts and bolts 5: Molecular machines 6: Metabolic pathways and enzyme evolution 7: Enzymes and disease 8: Enzymes as tools Further reading Index

Additional information

NGR9780198824985
9780198824985
019882498X
Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Engel (Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University College Dublin)
New
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2020-10-08
192
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a new book - be the first to read this copy. With untouched pages and a perfect binding, your brand new copy is ready to be opened for the first time

Customer Reviews - Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction