Book 2008

Phase Transitions in Cell Biology


ISBN: 978-1-4020-8650-2 (Print) 978-1-4020-8651-9 (Online)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XI

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-21

    On the Reversible Abrupt Structural Changes in Nerve Fibers Underlying Their Excitation and Conduction Processes

  3. Chapter

    Pages 23-41

    Nonequilibrium Phase Transition in Scattered Cell Communities Coupled by Auto/Paracrine-Like Signalling

  4. Chapter

    Pages 43-50

    Interfacial Water Compartments on Tendon/Collagen and in Cells

  5. Chapter

    Pages 51-62

    The Role of Ion-Exchange on Trypsin Premature Activation in Zymogen Granules

  6. Chapter

    Pages 63-71

    Whole-Cell Phase Transition in Neurons and its Possible Role in Apoptotic Cell Death

  7. Chapter

    Pages 73-93

    Puzzles of Cell and Animal Physiology in View of the Chain-Ordering Transition in Lipid Membrane

  8. Chapter

    Pages 95-109

    Ephemeral Gels: The Biological Example Applied to a New Type of Polymers

  9. Chapter

    Pages 111-141

    The Cytoskeleton of the Living Cell as an Out-of-Equilibrium System

  10. Chapter

    Pages 143-152

    Unexpected Linkage Between Unstirred Layers, Exclusion Zones, and Water

  11. Chapter

    Pages 153-157

    “Autothixotropy” of Water – An Unknown Physical Phenomenon, and its Possible Importance for the Cytoskeleton

  12. Chapter

    Pages 159-170

    Propagation of Volume Phase Transitions as a Possible Mechanism for Movement in Biological Systems

  13. Chapter

    Pages 171-181

    Cell Plasma Membranes and Phase Transitions

  14. Back Matter

    Pages 183-184