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The bioenergetics of living cells

Dennis Sherwood and Paul Dalby

in Modern Thermodynamics for Chemists and Biochemists

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198782957
eISBN:
9780191826177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782957.003.0024
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Living systems create order, and appear to break the Second Law. This chapter explains, and resolves, this apparent paradox, drawing on the concept of coupled reactions (as introduced in Chapters 13 ... More


The Perplexing Chronicles of Bioenergetics: Making a Living, Now and in the Past

Franklin M. Harold

in In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174143
eISBN:
9780226174310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

All biological operations require the input of energy. In contemporary organisms, energy is harvested by mechanisms that are essentially electrical. Energy transduction relies on the circulation of ... More


Bioenergetics and Primitive Metabolic Pathways

David W. Deamer

in Assembling Life: How Can Life Begin on Earth and Other Habitable Planets?

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190646387
eISBN:
9780197559741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646387.003.0012
Subject:
Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

It seems inescapable that at some point primitive cells incorporated chemical reactions related to what we now call metabolism. In all life today, metabolic reactions are driven by sources of ... More


How Do You Live in Hell?

Patrick Forterre

in Microbes from Hell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

A more technical chapter in which the author describes the molecular adaptations allowing hyperthermophiles thriving in hell. The chapter starts with reminder of the role of water and carbon in the ... More


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