Introduction to Proteins: Structure, Function, and Motion, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Amit Kessel, Nir Ben-Tal

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published April 11, 2018
Textbook - 932 Pages - 300 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781498747172 - CAT# K27031
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Computational Biology Series

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Introduction to Proteins provides a comprehensive and state-of-the-art introduction to the structure, function, and motion of proteins for students, faculty, and researchers at all levels. The book covers proteins and enzymes across a wide range of contexts and applications, including medical disorders, drugs, toxins, chemical warfare, and animal behavior. Each chapter includes a Summary, Exercies, and References.

New features in the thoroughly-updated second edition include:

  • A brand-new chapter on enzymatic catalysis, describing enzyme biochemistry, classification, kinetics, thermodynamics, mechanisms, and applications in medicine and other industries. These are accompanied by multiple animations of biochemical reactions and mechanisms, accessible via embedded QR codes (which can be viewed by smartphones)
  • An in-depth discussion of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)
  • A wider-scale description of biochemical and biophysical methods for studying proteins, including fully accessible internet-based resources, such as databases and algorithms
  • Animations of protein dynamics and conformational changes, accessible via embedded QR codes

Additional features

  • Extensive discussion of the energetics of protein folding, stability and interactions
  • A comprehensive view of membrane proteins, with emphasis on structure-function relationship
  • Coverage of intrinsically unstructured proteins, providing a complete, realistic view of the proteome and its underlying functions
  • Exploration of industrial applications of protein engineering and rational drug design
  • Each chapter includes a Summary, Exercies, and References

  • Approximately 300 color images
  • Downloadable solutions manual available at

For more information, including all presentations, tables, animations, and exercises, as well as a complete teaching course on proteins' structure and function, please visit the author's website:


Praise for the first edition

"This book captures, in a very accessible way, a growing body of literature on the structure, function and motion of proteins. This is a superb publication that would be very useful to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and instructors involved in structural biology or biophysics courses or in research on protein structure-function relationships." --David Sheehan, ChemBioChem, 2011

"Introduction to Proteins is an excellent, state-of-the-art choice for students, faculty, or researchers needing a monograph on protein structure. This is an immensely informative, thoroughly researched, up-to-date text, with broad coverage and remarkable depth. Introduction to Proteins would provide an excellent basis for an upper-level or graduate course on protein structure, and a valuable addition to the libraries of professionals interested in this centrally important field." --Eric Martz, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2012


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