2011

The Minimal Cell

The Biophysics of Cell Compartment and the Origin of Cell Functionality

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ISBN: 978-90-481-9943-3 (Print) 978-90-481-9944-0 (Online)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x

  2. The Physical Aspects

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

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      Pages 3-30

      Towards a Minimal Cytoplasm

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      Pages 31-50

      Evolution of the Cell’s Mechanical Design

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 51-64

      On the Minimal Requirements for the Emergence of Cellular Crowding

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      Pages 65-71

      How Small is Small?

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      Pages 73-89

      Biochemical Reactions in the Crowded and Confined Physiological Environment: Physical Chemistry Meets Synthetic Biology

  3. Steps towards Functionality

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91

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      Pages 93-103

      The Influence of Environment and Metabolic Capacity on the Size of a Microorganism

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      Pages 105-121

      The Minimal Cell and Life’s Origin: Role of Water and Aqueous Interfaces

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      Pages 123-151

      Membrane Self-Assembly Processes: Steps Toward the First Cellular Life

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      Pages 153-170

      Approaches to Building Chemical Cells/Chells: Examples of Relevant Mechanistic ‘Couples’

  4. Steps towards Minimal Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 171-171

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      Pages 173-193

      Construction of an In Vitro Model of a Living Cellular System

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      Pages 195-216

      New and Unexpected Insights on the Formation of Protocells from a Synthetic Biology Approach: The Case of Entrapment of Biomacromolecules and Protein Synthesis Inside Vesicles

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 217-229

      Liposomes Mediated Synthesis of Membrane Proteins

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      Pages 231-253

      Giant Unilamellar Vesicles: From Minimal Membrane Systems to Minimal Cells?

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 255-273

      Theoretical Approaches to Ribocell Modeling

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 275-287

      Evolvability and Self-Replication of Genetic Information in Liposomes

  5. Back Matter

    Pages 289-298