Biochemistry of Vision

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Elsevier, Dec 2, 2012 - Nature - 290 pages
Biochemistry of Vision provides information pertinent to vision biochemistry. This book discusses the biochemical information derived primarily from studies on nonocular tissues and describes the biochemical reactions related to the function of the retina and pigmented epithelium.
Organized into 16 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the visual system and the structure of the vertebrate eye. The text then proceeds with a discussion of photoreceptor, which has a highly membranous structure. Other chapters cover a brief discussion of several topics, including biomembranes, photochemistry, spectral properties of retinal isomers, and the photochemical properties of the chromophore of rhodopsin. This book discusses as well the properties and intramembrane disposition of rhodopsin. The final chapter deals with the biochemistry of photoreceptor disorders and summarizes the basic knowledge on neurotransmitters and electrophysiology in the retina.
This book is intended for ophthalmologists and medical students who are interested in the molecular aspects of photoreceptor diseases.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Structure of the Eye
1
Chapter 2 Properties of Biomembranes
24
Chapter 3 Rod Outer Segment Membranes
36
Chapter 4 Photochemistry
55
Chapter 5 Structure and Spectral Properties of Retinal Isomers
66
Chapter 6 Chromophore of Rhodopsin
73
Chapter 7 Intermediates Formed by Photobleaching of Visual Pigments
91
Chapter 8 Purification and Properties of Rhodopsin
102
Chapter 10 Metabolism of the Retina and Pigmented Epithelium
143
Chapter 11 Bacteriorhodopsin and Halorhodopsin
164
Chapter 12 Cell Biology of Photoreceptor Membranes
179
Chapter 13 Cellular Receptors and Signal Transmission
205
Chapter 14 Electrophysiology and Neurotransmitters
221
Chapter 15 Visual Excitation
239
Chapter 16 Biochemistry of Photoreceptor Disorders
252
Index
267

Chapter 9 Metabolism and Functions of Retinol and Its Derivatives
122

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