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Understanding Biochemistry is an essential online resource for post-16 students, teachers and undergraduates, providing up-to-date overviews of key concepts in biochemistry and molecular biosciences. The Understanding Biochemistry issues of Essays in Biochemistry are open access publications, meaning that these issues are freely available online to readers. 




Figure: Representation of substrate binding to the active site of an enzyme molecule.

Enzymes: principles and biotechnological applications (Peter Robinson)
Providing an overview of the nature and classification of enzymes as well as looking at enzyme structure and substrate binding, the properties and mechanisms of enzyme action. Also covers some of the industrial and analytical applications of enzymes. 


Biological membranes (Helen Watson)

Describing the structure and organization of membranes, membrane proteins, communication and movement across membranes and the role of membranes in health and disease.


Photosynthesis (Matthew P. Johnson)
Discussing the basic principles of solar energy capture, energy, electron and proton transfer, and explaining the biochemical basis of carbon fixation and their significance. 


The immune system (Lindsay B. Nicholson)
Focussing on mammalian immunity, the challenges that it faces, the mechanisms by which these are addressed, and the consequences that arise when it malfunctions.


Essential chemistry for biochemists (Amanda L. Jonsson, Mark A.J. Roberts, J.L. Kiappes and Kathryn A. Scott)
Providing a brief overview of those areas in chemistry that are most relevant to biochemistry, summarizing basic principles and giving examples on how these principles are applied in biological systems.


The biochemical basis of disease (Alastair J. Barr)
Providing the reader an insight into the role of biochemistry in some of the current global health and disease problems. 


The genetic basis of disease (Maria Jackson, Leah Marks, Gerhard H.W. May and Joanna B. Wilson)
Exploring the genetic basis of some of the current global disease problems.

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