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Water in Biological and Chemical Processes
From Structure and Dynamics to Function

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  • Author: Biman Bagchi, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107037298
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  • Building up from microscopic basics to observed complex functions, this insightful monograph explains and describes how the unique molecular properties of water give rise to its structural and dynamical behaviour which in turn translates into its role in biological and chemical processes. The discussion of the biological functions of water details not only the stabilising effect of water in proteins and DNA, but also the direct role that water molecules themselves play in biochemical processes, such as enzyme kinetics, protein synthesis and drug-DNA interaction. The overview of the behaviour of water in chemical systems discusses hydrophilic, hydrophobic and amphiphilic effects, as well as the interactions of water with micelles, reverse micelles, microemulsions and carbon nanotubes. Supported by extensive experimental and computer simulation data, highlighting many of the recent advances in the study of water in complex systems, this is an ideal resource for anyone studying water at the molecular level.

    • Provides a unified approach to understanding the role of water in biological and chemical processes
    • Enables microscopic understanding of the role of water, with a dynamical view of water in protein and DNA surfaces, and functions in biological processes
    • Details the relationship between theory, experimental results and computer simulations
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    16th Aug 2019 by AshleyRenji

    I am Ashley G Renji , This book is absolutely informative and excellent for higher studies.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107037298
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 179 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 127 b/w illus. 9 colour illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Bulk Water:
    1. Uniqueness of water
    2. Anomalies of water
    3. Dynamics of water: molecular motions and hydrogen bond breaking kinetics
    4. Inherent structures of liquid water
    5. pH of water
    Part II. Water in Biology: Dynamical View and Function:
    6. Biological water
    7. Explicit role of water in biological functions
    8. Hydration of proteins
    9. Can we understand protein hydration layer: lessons from computer simulations
    10. Water in and around DNA and RNA
    11. Role of water in protein-DNA interaction
    12. Water surrounding lipid bilayers
    13. Water in Darwin's world
    Part III. Water in Complex Chemical Systems:
    14. Hydrophilic effects
    15. Hydrophobic effects
    16. Aqueous binary mixtures: amphiphilic effect
    17. Water in and around micelles, reverse micelles and microemulsions
    18. Water in carbon nanotubes
    Part IV. Bulk Water: Advanced Topics:
    19. Entropy of water
    20. Freezing of water into ice
    21. Supercritical water
    22. Microscopic approaches to understand water anomalies.

  • Author

    Biman Bagchi, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
    Biman Bagchi is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Sciences, India, and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, Italy.

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