Mollusca: Metabolic Biochemistry and Molecular Biomechanics

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Peter W. Hochachka
Academic Press, May 10, 2014 - Science - 528 pages
The Mollusca, Volume 1: Metabolic Biochemistry and Molecular Biomechanics provides information pertinent to the advances in the traditional areas of biochemistry and in other developed areas that have become a part of molluskan biochemistry. This book discusses the developments in the various aspects of molecular biomechanics and environmental biochemistry.

Organized into 11 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the phylum Mollusca. This text then provides information about the general features of the main classes and their evolution, the anatomical organization of mollusks, and a classification of the primary taxonomic groups of mollusks. Other chapters consider the functional mechanical properties of two protein rubbers found in molluskan connective tissues. This book discusses as well the mechanical properties of molluskan mucins. The final chapter deals with the significance of quinone tanning in mollusks.

This book is a valuable resource for researchers of the Mollusca and other phyla, as well as to teachers and qualified graduate students. Biochemists and physiologists will also find this book useful.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Structural Organization Adaptive Radiation and Classification of Molluscs
1
A Mammal versus Mollusc Comparison
55
Chapter 3 Carbohydrate Metabolism in Cephalopod Molluscs
91
Chapter 4 Carbohydrate Catabolism in Bivalves
137
Chapter 5 Carbohydrate Metabolism of Gastropods
177
Chapter 6 Amino Acid Metabolism in Molluscs
243
Their Distribution and Metabolism
329
Chapter 8 Molluscan Collagen and Its Mechanical Organization in Squid Mantle
371
Chapter 9 Molecular Biomechanics of Protein Rubbers in Molluscs
399
Chapter 10 Molecular Biomechanics of Molluscan Mucous Secretions
431
Chapter 11 QuinoneTanned Scleroproteins
467
Index
505
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