Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes (3rd Edition)
Ion channels underlie a broad range of the most basic biological processes, from excitation and signaling to secretion and absorption. Like enzymes, they are diverse and ubiquitous macromolecular catalysts with high substrate specificity and subject to strong regulation. This fully revised and expanded Third Edition of Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes describes the known channels and their physiological functions, then develops the conceptual background needed to understand their architecture and molecular mechanisms of operation. It includes new chapters on calcium signaling, structural biology, and molecular biology and genomics. Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes begins with the classical biophysical work of Hodgkin and Huxley, continues with the roles of channels in cellular signaling, then develops the physical and molecular principles needed for explaining permeation, gating, pharmacological modification, and molecular diversity, and ends with a discussion of channel evolution. Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes is written to be accessible and interesting to life scientists and physical scientists of all kinds. It introduces all the concepts that a graduate student should be aware of but is also effective in advanced undergraduate courses. It has long been the recognized authoritative overview of this field used by all neuroscientists.
Univ. of Washington, Seattle. Text presenting new ideas in cell biology, focusing on ionic channels and excitable membranes. Significantly expanded from previous editions, featuring new material for students just entering the field. Not at expert level. Halftone illustrations, with a section of color computer-generated diagrams. Previous edition: c1992.
Keeps getting better with each Edition, March 26, 2002
This book is a must-have for anyone working with excitable cells, be they experimentalists or modelers. It’s a great reference book; everything is clearly indexed and almost compulsively cited. I’ve been using this book since its first edition, and it just keeps getting better each time.