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Heat Shock Proteins and the Brain: Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Neuroprotection

  • Alexzander A.A. Asea
  • Ian R. Brown
  • Written by leaders in the field of neurodegenerative diseases and neuroprotection

  • Provides up-to-date reviews on the most recent concepts of the role of heat shock proteins in repair and protective mechanisms in the brain

  • Contains chapters with in-depth reviews on i) heat shock proteins and neurodegenerative diseases, ii) heat shock proteins and neuroprotection, iii) extracellular heat shock proteins and the nervous system and iv) aging, control of life span and expression of heat shock proteins


Part of the Heat Shock Proteins book series (HESP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Heat Shock Proteins and Neurodegenerative Diseases

  3. Heat Shock Proteins and Neuroprotection

  4. Extracellular Heat Shock Proteins and The Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Michael Tytell, Mac B. Robinson, Carolanne E. Milligan
      Pages 257-272
    3. Mark R. Wilson, Justin J. Yerbury, Stephen Poon
      Pages 283-315
  5. Aging, Control Of Life Span and Expression Of Heat Shock Proteins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317

About this book


With the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases on the rise as average life expectancy increases, the hunt for effective treatments and preventive measures for these disorders is a pressing challenge. Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have been termed ‘protein misfolding disorders’ that are char- terized by the neural accumulation of protein aggregates. Manipulation of the cellular stress response involving the induction of heat shock proteins offers a the- peutic strategy to counter conformational changes in neural proteins that trigger pathogenic cascades resulting in neurodegenerative diseases. Heat shock proteins are protein repair agents that provide a line of defense against misfolded, aggregati- prone proteins. Heat Shock Proteins and the Brain: Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Neuroprotection reviews current progress on neural heat shock proteins (HSP) in relation to neurodegenerative diseases (Part I), neuroprotection (Part II), ext- cellular HSP (Part III) and aging and control of life span (Part IV). Key basic and clinical research laboratories from major universities and hospitals around the world contribute chapters that review present research activity and importantly project the field into the future. The book is a must read for researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the fields of Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Molecular Medicine, Aging, Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alexzander A.A. Asea
    • 1
  • Ian R. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Effie and Wofford Cain Centennial Endowed Chair in Clinical Pathology, Chief, Division of Investigative PathologyScott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic and The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of MedicineTempleU.S.A
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesCenter for the Neurobiology of Stress, University of Toronto at ScarboroughTorontoCanada

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