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Crustacean neuroendocrine systems and their signaling agents


Decapod crustaceans have long served as important models for the study of neuroendocrine signaling. For example, the process of neurosecretion was first formally demonstrated by using a member of this order. In this review, the major decapod neuroendocrine organs are described, as are their phylogenetic conservation and neurochemistry. In addition, recent advances in crustacean neurohormone discovery and tissue mapping are discussed, as are several recent advances in our understanding of hormonal control in this group of animals.

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Christie, A.E. Crustacean neuroendocrine systems and their signaling agents. Cell Tissue Res 345, 41–67 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00441-011-1183-9

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  • Neurotransmitters
  • Neurochemistry
  • Gut
  • Neurohormones
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