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Bioenergetics

  • Peter Gräber
  • Giulio Milazzo
  • Dieter Walz

Part of the Bioelectrochemistry: Principles and Practice book series (BPP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Hans V. Westerhoff, Wim Crielaard, Klaas J. Hellingwerf
    Pages 57-94
  3. Bruno Andrea Melandri
    Pages 95-138
  4. Michael Blaut, Gerhard Gottschalk
    Pages 139-211
  5. Elisabeth Haag, Gernot Renger
    Pages 212-272
  6. G. von Jagow, B. M. Geier, T. A. Link
    Pages 273-309
  7. Günter Hauska, Michael Büttner
    Pages 389-417
  8. Peter R. Rich, A. John Moody
    Pages 418-456
  9. Lajos Keszthelyi
    Pages 457-485
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 537-542

About this book

Introduction

Bioenergetics, the topic of volume 5 of this Series, is concerned with the energetics, the kinetics, and the mechanisms of energy conversion in biological systems. This phenomenon can be investigated on diffe­ rent levels of complexity. On a global level the role of biological pro­ cesses for the steady state of our enviroment is considered. At the physiological level, the relation between energy input and the physiolo­ gical state of an organism is of interest, while at the cellular level the biochemical pathways for degradation and synthesis of all relevant substrates is investigated. At present the majority of bioenergetic stu­ dies pertain to the molecular level. The processes in a cell are cataly­ zed by a large number of proteins called enzymes. The enzymes in­ volved in energy transduction can be considered as molecular ma­ chines which transform energy from one form into another, or transfer energy from one process to another. Living systems operate far from equilibrium and are open in the ther­ modynamic sense, i. e. they exchange energy and matter with the sur­ roundings. Chapter 1 presents the principles of non equilibrium thermo­ dynamics applied to biological systems. About 0. 05% of the energy from the sunlight which reaches the surface of the earth is used by plants and algae as well as some bacteria to synthesize organic com­ pounds, and thus supplies all organisms with the energy necessary for life.

Keywords

bacteria enzymes protein proteins synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Gräber
    • 1
  • Giulio Milazzo
    • 2
  • Dieter Walz
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Physikalische ChemieUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Istituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly
  3. 3.BiozentrumUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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