General Principles of Biochemistry of the Elements

  • Ei-Ichiro Ochiai

Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Chemical Principles of the Biochemistry of the Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 53-95
    3. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 145-195
    4. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 197-211
    5. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 213-234
  4. Chemical Principles of Transport of the Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 279-299
  5. Biological Aspects I—Metabolism of the Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 321-342
  6. Biological Aspects II—Toxicity of and Defense against the Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 345-360
    3. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
      Pages 361-395

About this book


The present book might be regarded as a sequel to my previous work, Bioinorganic Chemistry: An Introduction (Allyn and Bacon, 1977). The latter is essentially a collection of chemical and physical data pertinent to an understanding of the biological functions of the various elements and the proteins dependent on them. The ten years since its publication have seen an enormous increase in research activity in this area, hence of research papers. A number of monographs and review series on specific topics have also appeared, including the volumes in the series of which the present volume is a part. Nevertheless, a gap has developed between the flood of information available at a detailed level (papers and reviews) and a general description of the underlying principles of biofunctions of the elements as presently conceived. It is hoped that this book will help bridge this gap and at the same time provide an overview of the entire Biochemistry of the Elements series. Specifically, the work attempts to focus on "why" questions, especially, "Why has an element been chosen by organisms for a specific biofunction?" and "Why does an element behave the way it does in biological systems?" It therefore complements my 1977 book and, together with Laboratory Introduction to Bio-Inorganic Chemistry (E. -I. Ochiai and D. R. Williams, Macmillan, 1979), completes a trilogy on the topic of bioinorganic chemistry. This book consists of five parts. Two chapters constitute Part I.


biochemistry chemistry inorganic chemistry protein proteins

Authors and affiliations

  • Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
    • 1
  1. 1.Juniata CollegeHuntingdonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-5373-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-5371-3
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