David R. Whikehart PhD's Biochemistry of the Eye PDF

By David R. Whikehart PhD

ISBN-10: 0750671521

ISBN-13: 9780750671521

This really expert textual content provides a overview of normal biochemistry and an in-depth exploration of biochemistry targeted to the attention. As a readable advent to this hard subject, it describes the molecular constructions and biochemical occasions that happen within the eye. particular scientific examples hyperlink uncomplicated technological know-how to medical perform and supply a concrete foundation for figuring out advanced thoughts. This variation comprises new, up-to-date info in revised chapters plus extra chapters on ocular fluids and pathology. basic biochemistry is mentioned in each one bankruptcy, with examples of biochemical pathology and ailment procedures comparable to age-related cataract formation and ocular diabetes.

  • Well-illustrated content material, that includes colour inserts with 10 illustrations, indicates visible facets of biochemistry.
  • Each bankruptcy contains a normal evaluation of the subject material sooner than discussing ocular biochemistry.
  • Discussions of proteins which are both detailed to the attention and/or have distinct services within the eye, corresponding to collagen's function within the constitution of the cornea, emphasize the significance of those compounds and their many crucial mobile and ocular functions.
  • Discussions of the character and serve as of enzymes, as well as descriptions of examples of particular enzymes present in the attention, spotlight the style during which many biochemical reactions ensue within the eye is through enzyme catalysis.
  • A bankruptcy on carbohydrates emphasizes the significance of the 2 roles of carbohydrates in ocular tissue: power provide (nutrition) and as a resource of extracellular structure.
  • An rationalization of the various other kinds of lipids that exist within the eye beneficial properties the main up to date fabric on tear movie lipids and invaluable details on nutritional nutrition A requirements.
  • A bankruptcy on hormones bargains with the function of hormones normally and indicates how hormones play roles in ocular services, together with the method of visible transduction as a hormonal function.
  • A thorough evaluate of nucleic acid chemistry issues out its position in molecular organic services resembling DNA replication, RNA transcription, and protein translation, in addition to DNA mutations.
  • A bankruptcy on neurochemistry offers an realizing of easy neurochemistry and the way neurochemistry can clarify the complicated features of the retina.
  • The immunochemistry bankruptcy includes simple fabric on biochemical and mobile immunology, discussing immune privilege within the eye and the significance of immune reactions on the anterior segment.
  • A new bankruptcy describes the biochemical pathology of 4 degenerative stipulations (corneal ulcers, chemical burns, glaucoma, and mobile apoptosis) to aid the clinician comprehend pathological methods and the time process degenerative strategies and techniques of treatment.
  • A new bankruptcy on Water and Ocular Fluids deals detailed insurance of the features of eye fluids and the way drug businesses needs to layout medications for the ocular floor, evaluating the actual, chemical, and organic homes of water with fluids present in the eye.

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Of the insoluble proteins, only about 1% are the normally insoluble proteins of the cell plasma membranes. However, with advancing age this insoluble fraction reaches a high amount of 50% or more of all the lens proteins in an individual who is 80 years old. It is known that several high molecular weight aggregates (HM) of crystallins can be isolated from the human lens with advancing age. These aggregates are termed: HM1, HM2, HM3, and HM4. HM1 and HM2, with molecular weights in excess of one million daltons, are soluble crystallin complexes.

5 × 105 daltons (Chao, Butala, Herp, 1988; Tiffany, 1997). About 55% of the composition of ocular mucins are carbohydrates. The composition and linkages of these carbohydrates are discussed in Chapter 4. Ocular mucins are primarily secreted by the conjunctival goblet cells. They maintain the stability of the tear film; act as a biological lubricant at the epithelial surface; and are a viscoelastic buffer against mechanical shock. Mucins support tear film stability by increasing tear film viscosity and by trapping lipids within their structure so that they can be reused after blinking.

Collagens act as: (1) supporting members or fibers to form and maintain tissue 42 • Biochemistry of the Eye structure (including wound repair collagens); (2) as scaffolding upon which basement membrane is constructed; and (3) as anchoring devices to hold cells onto noncellular areas. In the eye, collagen also makes up the semiliquid gel of the vitreous humor and, therefore, has a fourth role there. There are about 19 different types of collagen of which a few are not well defined (Eghbali-Webb, 1995).

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