Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Glycome: The Hidden Code in Biology

“We now know that glycans embed specific information in their 3D structures recognised by other macromolecules. This book provides a wonderful and timely collection of diverse topics on the latest developments in the generation of tools to study glycans, the role of glyco codes in a range of physiological responses in mammals and plants and the impact of altered glycosylation in disease. This will be a highly valuable resource for both beginners and experts in the glycobiology field, a pivotal discipline for biology.”
Paul A. Gleeson, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

“The diverse compositions and structures of glycans and polysaccharides that modify the majority of intracellular and extracellular proteins have critical functions in most cellular biology from birth to growth, to maintenance of adulthood, to pathologies. This book identifies the very large variety of normal and pathological cellular functions and processes that rely on the glyco structures involved. I highly recommend that researchers, especially young investigators, read the relevant chapters to learn how glycobiology can have a major impact on their ongoing and future research.”
Vincent Hascall, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Biochemistry and Biochemists: Who Were They and What Did They Discover?

“The authors have created an interesting blend of life stories, science and history that shape Biochemistry today. The series of questions and answers keeps the text and figures fun and accessible for all to enjoy and teaches us that the road to discovery is an exciting adventure that never ceases to amaze. Recommended to anyone who is curious about how these important pioneers over their lifetime helped uncover the molecular basis of life itself.”
Elliott Stollar
University of Liverpool
Great Britain

“Due to pressures at work, I only had time to dip into a selection of the chapters, but I found that I was hard pressed to put this book down. Apart from the obvious relevance of these amazing researchers’ work, what I also found totally absorbing were the little personal details that the authors have uncovered. I hope others get as much pleasure as I did reading this book!”
Nick Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Wingate University
Wingate
USA

Biodiversity of the Bulgarian-Romanian Section of the Lower Danube

“The Danube River flows across much of the European continent from its central part to its southeastern border. In addition to its high transport, commercial and economic importance, the River is also a key factor in biodiversity, especially in its lower course. Therefore, it is a good idea to summarize in one book the available information together with original unpublished data on the species diversity, chorology and ecology of key groups of animals and overview of significant vegetation areas in the Bulgarian section of the Danube,” READ MORE… – Associate Professor Dr. Alexi Popov, Former Director (retired), National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa: A Review and Directions for Research

“The author successfully addresses the main bottleneck to protein production using Pseudomonas expression system. This book chapter then highlights several expression platforms that have been developed for recombinant protein production. Examples and references given might provide some insight and guideline to the scientific community to use Pseudomonas as an effective production system.” – Dr. Iffah Izzati Zakaria, Natural Product and Drug Discovery Centre, Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals, Ministry of Science,Technology and Innovation, Gelugor, Malaysia

“Overall this chapter provide an insight of the latest trend in Pseudomonas aeruginosa research study.” – Dr. Alene Tawang, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia

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Amylose: Properties, Structure and Functions

“Amylose makes up one quarter of starch molecule, but plays a very important role in starch functionality in food, feed and industrial applications. There are several aspects of amylose biosynthesis and structure that need to be comprehended to completely utilize the diverse functional attributes of amylose in food and industrial applications. The book presents an extensive review of important aspects of amylose, structure biosynthesis and utilization, which will serve as an excellent resource for students, academics, industry researchers and application specialists interested in starch.” – Ravindra N Chibbar, Ph.D., W.J. White Professor, Canada Research Chair (2003 – 2018), Crop Quality (Molecular Biology & Genetics), Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

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Chimpanzee Behaviour: Recent Understandings from Captivity and the Forest

“With this book, Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold offers us insight into chimpanzee behavior through the writings of a fascinating group of people, who have in common an in-depth knowledge of chimpanzees. Rarely is such diversity in topics (art to meat-eating) and settings (US language-laboratory to African field sites) available in a single volume that highlights the proclivities of our closest living relatives. Jensvold, and the other experts contributing chapters, truly enhance our understandings by sharing their views of what makes chimpanzees so special, enriching our care for them in captivity and reinforcing their conservation needs in the wild.” – Dr. Kim Bard, Professor of Comparative Developmental Psychology, University of Portsmouth UK

“Chimpanzee Behaviour is a compendium of papers describing new results of studies of chimpanzees both in captivity and the wild. This is a valuable contribution to the literature on chimpanzees, and further testimony to how much more there is to learn about our closest relatives.” – Dr. Craig Stanford, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

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Mechanisms of Evolution

Mechanisms of Evolution is a refreshing rethinking of the forces behind the evolutionary process. Particularly interesting and stimulating is the discussion of the relationship between biological and cultural evolution. You don’t have to agree with this book but you will learn from reading it.” – Michael Ruse

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The Dissipative Mind: The Human Being as a Triadic Dissipative Structure

“This book represents a true novelty in the field of life sciences and epistemology. The authors have reached an authoritative expertise in the complex biological fields of neuroscience (SC) and immunology (SC, AV) and, with particular reference to Dr Giovanni Vella, who began the approach in the early 1990, in this editorial effort they attempted to elucidate the role and the underneath neural-psychic mechanisms of the Navigator therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach based on the “bodily-cognitive re-structuring.” READ MORE…Professor Tatyana Belikhina, MD, PhD (Psychiatrist-Deputy of Director, Center of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology, Semey University, Kazakhstan), and Dr. Geir Bjørklund (President- Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (CONEM), Mo i Rana, Norway)

“This book attracted my attention, the logical texture of a psychologist, because the authors attempted a bold effort to reach the “hard problem” starting from the apparently “crude” biology. I think honestly that this book deserves to be read and expanded in those fields where science debates too much little about the human being.” READ MORE…Nicola C. Capobianco, Ph.D., Psychologist and Phyxhotherapist, Tecno Bios S.S. Appia km 7 zona P.i.p., Apollosa (Benevento), Italy

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β-Glucans as Natural Biological Response Modifiers

“This is an excellent reference book focusing on the wide variety of biological effects of ß-glucans. Despite the ample scientific literature supporting their promising effects as natural biological response modifiers, enthusiasm for ß-glucans as potential therapeutic agents has been tempered by conflicting results, source and structural heterogeneity and lack of understanding of their actions at the molecular level.” READ MORE…G. Rafael Fernandez-Botran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville

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Troponin: Regulator of Muscle Contraction

“As part of his development of the Ca2+ concept of muscle contraction and relaxation in the 1960s, Setsuro Ebashi discovered the first intracellular Ca2+ binding protein which he named troponin. In 1971 Marion Greaser and John Gergely determined that troponin consisted of three subunits. They named the subunits based on their observed function: TnC bound Ca2+, TnI inhibited actomyosin ATPase activity in the presence or absence of Ca2+ and TnT bound to tropomyosin.” READ MORE…Jack A. Ralln, Ph.D., Department of Physiology & Cell Biology, Ohio State University

“The authors have provided an excellent review of the history of troponin-related studies as well as a comprehensive summary of the protein’s structure and function. Most of the key papers that have led to our currently understood concepts about this protein were summarized. There is considerable subject matter redundancy among the subtopics as often occurs in books with multiple authors, but the quality of the chapters is uniformly high. This book will be a valuable and up to date addition to the muscle protein literature.” – Marion Greaser, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

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