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Cell Biology,
Edition 4
By Thomas D. Pollard, MD, William C. Earnshaw, PhD, FRS, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD and Graham Johnson, MA, PhD, CMI

Publication Date: 08 Mar 2023

Reader-friendly Cell Biology, 4th Edition, provides a concise but comprehensive foundation for students entering research or health care career paths. Award winning illustrations help readers quickly grasp general principles. The authors have thoroughly updated this popular text to provide readers with the current understanding of the principles of normal cellular function along with examples of how molecular defects predispose to human disease. Major new themes in the 4th edition include the roles of intrinsically disordered polypeptides and phase separation in cellular functions, the influence of new molecular structures on understanding mechanisms, and the impact of exciting new methods—from single cell RNA sequencing to second generation super resolution fluorescence microscopy—on advancing our understanding. 


Key Features

  • Clear, readable explanations provide a concise story about how cells function at the molecular level.    

  • An intuitive chapter flow starts with genome organization, gene expression, and RNA processing as a foundation for understanding every aspect of cellular function and physiology. 

  • Brings cellular biology to life for students interested in medical science by explaining how mutations in genes can compromise virtually every cellular system and predispose to human disease. Knowledge of cell biology has led to new treatments for cancer, heart failure, cystic fibrosis, and many other diseases. 

  • Unique illustrations with realistic proportions and relationships explain every cellular process including the assembly of SARS CoV-2, the structures attaching mitotic chromosomes to microtubules, the mechanism of DNA replication and how pumps, carriers and channels orchestrate physiological processes from synaptic transmission to cellular volume regulation. 

  • Covers exciting breakthroughs such as SMC motor proteins actively organizing chromosomal DNA, TOR kinases regulating metabolism, new types of immunotherapy for cancer treatment, mechanisms regulating fast axonal transport and their relation to neurodegenerative diseases, how completion of DNA replication sets the time for cells to enter mitosis, how a cascade of signals specifies the site of cell division, and newly understood pathways of normal and pathological cell death. 

  • Enhanced eBook version included with purchase. Your enhanced eBook allows you to access all of the text, figures, and references from the book on a variety of devices. 

About the author
By Thomas D. Pollard, MD, Sterling Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT; William C. Earnshaw, PhD, FRS, Professor and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, ICB, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom; Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, United States; Graham Johnson, MA, PhD, CMI, Director, Animated Cell, Allen Institute for Cell Biology, Seattle, Washington and, QB3 Faculty Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Table of Contents
Introduction to Cell Biology

1 Cells as the Basis of Life on Earth
2 Evolution of Life on Earth
Chemical and Physical Background

3 Molecules: Structures and Dynamics
4 Biophysical Principles
5 Macromolecular Assembly
6 Research Strategies
Chromatin, Chromosomes, and the Cell Nucleus

7 Chromosome Organization
8 DNA Packaging in Chromatin and Chromosomes
9 Nuclear Structure and Dynamics
Central Dogma: From Gene to Protein

10 Gene Expression
11 Eukaryotic RNA Processing
12 Protein Synthesis and Folding
Membrane Structure and Function

13 Membrane Structure and Dynamics
14 Membrane Pumps
15 Membrane Carriers
16 Membrane Channels
17 Membrane Physiology
Cellular Organelles and Membrane Trafficking

18 Posttranslational Targeting of Proteins
19 Mitochondria, Chloroplasts, Peroxisomes
20 Endoplasmic Reticulum
21 Mechanisms of Vesicular Transport
22 Secretory Membrane System and Golgi Apparatus
23 Endocytosis and the Endosomal Membrane System
24 Processing and Degradation of Cellular Components
Signaling Mechanisms

25 Plasma Membrane Receptors
26 Protein Hardware for Signaling
27 Second Messengers
28 Integration of Signals
Cellular Adhesion and the Extracellular Matrix

29 Cells of the Extracellular Matrix and Immune Systems of Animals
30 Extracellular Matrix Molecules
31 Cellular Adhesion
32 Intercellular Junctions
33 Connective Tissues
Cytoskeleton and Cellular Motility

34 Actin and Actin-Binding Proteins
35 Microtubules and Centrosomes
36 Intermediate Filaments
37 Motor Proteins
38 Intracellular Motility
39 Cellular Motility
40 Muscles
Cell Cycle

41 Introduction to the Cell Cycle
42 G1 Phase and Regulation of Cell Proliferation,
43 S Phase and DNA Replication
44 G2 Phase: Responses to DNA Damage and Control of Entry Into Mitosis
45 Mitosis
46 Cytokinesis
47 Meiosis
48 Cell Death
Cell SnapShots
Book details
ISBN: 9780323758000
Page Count: 944
Retail Price : £100.99
Instructor Resources
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