Biochemical Regulations

  • Benno Hess


In the last 20 years, classical cell physiology has been enlarged and refined by new concepts, the development and investigation of which are due to the expansion of modern technology. This newer knowledge mirrors the impressive impulse given by the technological sciences for research in biochemical systems. Whereas until only recently molecular biology still hesitated to borrow these new ideas, a feedback of newly discovered biological principles upon technological theories can be detected today: interactions, which eliminate the borders of classical sciences. At this symposium I learned that we are concerned with general systems theory, that is, with the theory of molecular organization, control and recognition mechanisms or molecular cybernetics, and for these concepts I shall try to present what is current knowledge in the field of biochemical regulations. First, I shall discuss the static description of biochemical networks, then continue with cellular dynamics in terms of control characteristics, transient states and models, implying that only general principles can be introduced into a field which is so rapidly expanding.


Control Characteristic Transient Time Pyridine Nucleotide Glycolytic Rate Cold Spring Harbor Symposium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benno Hess
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-lnstitut für ErnährungsphysiologieDortmundGermany

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