At a glance: cellular biology for engineers

Khoshmanesh, K., Kouzani, A., Nahavandi, S., Baratchi, S. and Kanwar, J. 2008, At a glance: cellular biology for engineers, Computational biology and chemistry, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 315-331, doi: 10.1016/j.compbiolchem.2008.07.010.

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Title At a glance: cellular biology for engineers
Author(s) Khoshmanesh, K.
Kouzani, A.ORCID iD for Kouzani, A.
Nahavandi, S.ORCID iD for Nahavandi, S.
Baratchi, S.
Kanwar, J.ORCID iD for Kanwar, J.
Journal name Computational biology and chemistry
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Start page 315
End page 331
Total pages 17
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-10
ISSN 1476-9271
Keyword(s) cellular biology
cell organelles
energy generation
protein synthesis
Summary Engineering contributions have played an important role in the rise and evolution of cellular biology. Engineering technologies have helped biologists to explore the living organisms at cellular and molecular levels, and have created new opportunities to tackle the unsolved biological problems. There is now a growing demand to further expand the role of engineering in cellular biology research. For an engineer to play an effective role in cellular biology, the first essential step is to understand the cells and their components. However, the stumbling block of this step is to comprehend the information given in the cellular biology literature because it best suits the readers with a biological background. This paper aims to overcome this bottleneck by describing the human cell components as micro-plants that form cells as micro-bio-factories. This concept can accelerate the engineers’ comprehension of the subject. In this paper, first the structure and function of different cell components are described. In addition, the engineering attempts to mimic various cell components through numerical modelling or physical implementation are highlighted. Next, the interaction of different cell components that facilitate complicated chemical processes, such as energy generation and protein synthesis, are described. These complex interactions are translated into simple flow diagrams, generally used by engineers to represent multi-component processes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.compbiolchem.2008.07.010
Field of Research 060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
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