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Cellular Proteins and their Fatty Acids in Health and Disease. Edited by Asim K. Duttaroy and Friedrich Spener

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Cellular Proteins and their Fatty
Acids in Health and Disease
Edited by Asim K.
Duttaroy and Friedrich Spener. WileyVCH, Weinheim
2003. 460 pp.,
hardcover
E 149.00.—ISBN
3-527-30437-1
In the last few years fatty acids have
come to be seen as increasingly important for understanding cellular processes. Transcription factors that are
activated by fatty acids, and proteins
that transport fatty acids in cells, play
important roles in the regulation of gene
expression and in development and
differentiation processes, and also in
conditions such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, cancer, and inflammations. It is
becoming increasingly recognized that
cells contain many different proteins
involved in the uptake and intracellular
transport of fatty acids and their derivatives. Cellular Proteins and their Fatty
Acids in Health and Disease is the first
book to treat this subject comprehensively, and it provides the reader with an
extensive and up-to-date overview of
the present knowledge in this field.
More than 30 internationally recognized
authors describe the latest advances in
this increasingly important area of
research.
The contents are arranged in two
parts. The first part describes the molecular basis of the interactions of proteins
and lipids, and how these interactions
affect the physiological and cellular
functions. Many different proteins that
have important roles in lipid metabolism
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 5267 – 5268
are described. The authors contributing
to this part provide informative surveys
covering, among other topics, intracellular lipid-binding proteins (e.g.,
FABPs, ACBP, SCP-2), fatty acid transporters present in membranes (e.g.,
FABPpm, FAT, FATP, and the ABC
transporters), and transcription factors
that are activated by the binding of fatty
acids or derivatives thereof (e.g., RXRs,
RARs, LXR, HNF4).
In the second part of the book, the
roles played by the proteins described
earlier in cellular homeostasis are discussed in more detail. Special attention
is devoted to certain important aspects,
including the expression and function of
FABPs in the brain, as well as signaling
pathways and regulation processes that
are mediated by fatty acids. Emphasis is
given to the interactions between intracellular lipid-binding proteins (including
FABPs, CRABPs, and CRBPs) and
nuclear receptors that can be activated
by ligands, such as PPARs, RAR, or
RXR. Another topic that receives attention in this part of the book is the role of
nuclear receptors of the PPAR family in
the differentiation of cells and in the
homeostasis of glucose metabolism. The
importance of PPARs in relation to
arteriosclerosis, the control of inflammatory processes, and cancer treatment
is also discussed in detail.
The book's well-planned structure is
also evident in the list of contents, which
provides the reader with a detailed
picture of the topics covered. Furthermore, the clear and comprehensive
index enables one to quickly locate a
required topic. Each chapter is completed by a substantial and well-chosen
bibliography. The book conveys a very
favorable impression, but could have
been further improved by including
color graphics to illustrate the threedimensional structures of all the proteins shown.
In view of the thoroughly up-to-date
coverage of the topics in this book, and
the comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the proteins that play a key role
in fatty acid metabolism, the work is
indispensable for basic researchers, specialists in industry and universities, and
advanced students and post-doctoral
researchers. The editors Asim K. Duttaroy and Friedrich Spener have succeeded in putting together an up-towww.angewandte.org
date volume on a very interesting area
of research that is well worth reading,
and there is no doubt that many others
like me will derive pleasure from it.
Stefan Lorkowski
Institut f*r Arterioskleroseforschung
M*nster (Germany)
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200385033
Chemistry of Crop Protection
Progress and Prospects in Science
and Regulation.
Edited by Gnther
Voss and Gerardo
Ramos. Wiley-VCH,
Weinheim 2002.
395 pp., hardcover
E 159.00.—ISBN
3-527-30540-8
Despite the undoubtedly bright future
prospects opened up by developments in
green biotechnology, chemical methods
of crop protection are still one of the
main pillars used to support year-onyear productivity in agriculture. They
ceased long ago to be just a crude
“chemical bludgeon”, and have developed into a sophisticated modern technology that uses the latest advances in
the scientific disciplines involved. The
IUPAC International Congress on the
Chemistry of Crop Protection (formerly
called the International Congress of
Pesticide Chemistry) has taken place
every four years since the end of the
1960s. This book contains, in condensed
form, the texts of the six plenary sessions
and the 24 invited lectures on six main
topics covered at the 10th Congress,
held in Basel in 2002.
The topics of the plenary sessions
began with basic research (D. Seebach
on b-peptides), and continued with
future markets and prospects for innovations (M. Pragnell), economic aspects
of agrochemicals production (W. R.
Shiang, R. L. Swafford), work in the
food industry to minimize pesticide
residues (H. J>hr, E. Bruckner), effluent
problems associated with crop protec-
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