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Author Engel, J. (Jürgen), 1935- author

Title A critical survey of biomineralization : control, mechanisms, functions and material properties / Jürgen Engel
Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 64 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology, 2191-530X
SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology. 2191-530X
Contents Acknowledgements; Contents; 1 Introduction; 1.1 What Is Biomineralization?; 1.2 Discovery and History; 1.3 Linkage with the Extracellular Matrix; 1.4 Why This Book?; References; 2 Chemistry and Minerals; 2.1 Biominerals; 2.2 How to Detect Biomineralization?; Reference; 3 Biominerals and Their Function in Different Organisms; 3.1 Calcium Carbonate Biominerals; 3.2 Silica Biominerals and Silia Biomineralization; 3.3 Iron Oxide Biominerals; References; 4 Different Types of Molecular Control of Biomineralization; 4.1 Genetic Control; 4.2 Transport Processes in Biomineralization
10 Biomineralization Processes for Future Research10.1 Life with Compass: Magnetotactic Bacteria; 10.2 The Largest Biosilica Structure on Earth: The Deep Sea Glass Sponge; References; 11 Outlook; References
4.3 The Central Process: Mineral FormationReference; 5 Enamel is the Hardest Biomaterial Known; 5.1 Formation of Enamel by Vectorial Secretion from Ameloblasts; 5.2 Biomineralization Is a Replacement of Proteins by Mineral; 5.3 Gene Deletions and Pathological States; 5.4 Open Questions and Speculations; References; 6 Formation of Mollusk Shells; 6.1 Morphology and Structures; 6.2 Role of Secretion and Organic Matrix: Many Data and Many Questions; 6.3 Little Genetic Overlap Between Shell Proteins; References; 7 The Glasshouse of Diatoms
7.1 Formation of the Siliceous Cell Wall During Cell Division7.2 Si(OH)4 Uptake by Silicic Acid Transporters; 7.3 Does a Matrix of Extracellular Proteins Model the Cell Wall?; 7.4 Exocytosis, Secretion, and the Cytoskeleton May Determine Cell Wall Shape; References; 8 In Vitro Studies of Mineral-Protein Interactions; 8.1 Solid-State NMR; 8.2 Comparison of Biogenic and Solvent-Grown Crystals; References; 9 What Can We Learn from Biology for Material Science?; 9.1 Materials by Biological Methods; 9.2 Materials by Bioinspired Processes; References
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed November 14, 2016)
Subject Biomineralization.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3319477110 (electronic bk.)
9783319477114 (electronic bk.)