Biochemistry and Biophysics

The sciences of biochemistry, biophysics and nutrition in relation to lipids have assumed great importance in recent years. It has become evident that complex inter-related metabolic pathways are involved in the biosynthesis and degradation of lipids in the cells of all living things from primitive organisms to higher mammals. In humans, especially, knowledge of of how these processes are regulated is important in understanding many disease states. In relation to plants, information on plant lipid metabolism may be the key to producing new and improved crops for food and industrial purposes. We also need to know how the physical properties of lipids impinge on their biochemistry. Last but not least the nutritional properties of fatty acids and lipids are of critical importance for the health and well-being all consumers. 

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  • Lipid Biochemistry in Micro-organisms

Lipids have innumerable functions in tissues of humans and other animal, for example as a source of energy, as membrane components and as signalling molecules. Lipid metabolism is central to health.

The articles in this section summarize current knowledge and developments in this field.

Fatty acid requirements, digestion, regulation of metabolism in domestic animals with special attention to ruminants

Microorganisms encompass bacteria, yeasts, fungi and the microalgae.

The physical properties of lipids and their influence on biomembrane structure and function.