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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 1: Introductory Concepts • Monday, August 24 th • Reading assignment: Chapter 1 • Overview- De nition of life systems- General description of biochemistry- Chemical functional groups- Introduction to biomolecules • four classes of monomer and polymers- Chemical reactions in life systems • six classes- De nition of metabolism Characteristics of “Life Systems” • Founded on chemical principles • Self-sustaining • Controlled catalysis • Molecules organized in separable physical units- cells • Informational molecules • Adaptation of the system • Capture energy from environment Objectives of the Field of Biochemistry • Isolate and chemically de ne biomolecules- reductionist approach • Identify speci c chemical reactions • Chemical mechanisms- catalysis- information processing and adaptation- energy capture, storage, utilization- regulation, signal transmission and response • Integrate many speci c details into single comprehensive system Relationships Between Different Life Systems • Species are distinct chemical systems • Adaptation is evolution- systems adapt until they become distinct • Similar characteristics reveal relationships Characteristics of Different Related Groups...
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course BBMB 301 taught by Professor Girton during the Spring '07 term at Iowa State.

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Lecture 01 - Lecture 1: Introductory Concepts • Monday,...

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