Dr. Kevin Ahern and Dr. Indira Rajagopal's electronic book is aimed at helping students learn the basics of biochemistry in a fun and engaging format.
- Function flows from structure. In order to understand the function of biomolecules, we must first understand their structures.
- As the cell’s so-called blueprint, DNA must be copied to pass on to new cells and its integrity safeguarded. The information in the DNA must also be accessed and transcribed to make the RNA instructions that direct the synthesis of proteins.
- Depending on your mathematical perspective, life is the sum of the product of the biochemical reactions that occur in cells. The collection of these reactions is known as metabolism. We break the subject into two broad areas: 1) oxidative/reductive metabolism and 2) pathways that involve little oxidation/reduction.
- In this second section of metabolism, we cover metabolic pathways that do not have a strong emphasis on oxidation/reduction.
- Cells must receive and respond to signals from their surroundings. Cellular signals and the pathways through which they are passed on and amplified to produce the desired effects on their targets are the focus of this section.
- In this section, we describe some of the methods biochemists use to do their work.
- With this chapter, we tie up a bunch of loose ends and ponder what lies in the future of biochemistry.