Handbook of Neurochemistry

Volume 4 Enzymes in the Nervous System

  • Abel Lajtha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Koon-Sea Hui, Abel Lajtha
    Pages 1-19
  3. Marian Orlowski
    Pages 21-66
  4. Sabit Gabay, Carolyn C. Clarke
    Pages 67-83
  5. Elling Kvamme
    Pages 85-110
  6. Donald M. Kuhn, Walter Lovenberg
    Pages 133-150
  7. John E. Wilson
    Pages 151-172
  8. Joseph D. Robinson
    Pages 173-193
  9. Richard Rodnight
    Pages 195-217
  10. Stanislav Tuček
    Pages 219-249
  11. Miro Brzin, Janez Sketelj, Biba Klinar
    Pages 251-292
  12. J. P. M. Finberg, M. B. H. Youdim
    Pages 293-313
  13. Kenneth A. Bonnet
    Pages 331-366
  14. G. Y. Sun
    Pages 367-383
  15. Victor S. Sapirstein
    Pages 385-402
  16. Claire E. Zomzely-Neurath
    Pages 403-433
  17. Marjorie B. Lees, Victor S. Sapirstein
    Pages 435-460
  18. Leonid Pevzner
    Pages 461-491
  19. Antonia Vernadakis
    Pages 493-529
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 543-549

About this book


This volume is concerned with the enzymes of the nervous system. Cerebral enzymes form the basis of the functional brain. They are needed for the control of the energetics of the nervous system, whether it be their release or their direction; for the elaboration of transmitters and for their destruction; for the synthesis, transport, and breakdown of all metabolites of the nervous system. They are indispensable for the control of the multitude of factors that govern our thinking and our behavior. They make it possible for us to comprehend what is taking place around us and perhaps to understand what may be in store for us. Enzymes are the stuff of life, and no living cell can be without them. They are the results of many millions of years of evolution, from the time when biological membranes first came into being and were folded to produce the first cells within which the earliest enzymes were wrought. Countless changes have taken place within them, so that, now, only those enzymes exist that play specific roles in the functions of the living cells of today. Those in the nervous system possess a mUltiple role: in the creation, maintenance, and ultimate breakdown of the component cells and in enabling consciousness, perception, memory, and thought to become possible. But though life may go on forever, the enzymes that make life possible will undergo the many changes involved in the evolutionary process.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Abel Lajtha
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for NeurochemistryRockland Research InstituteWards Island, New YorkUSA

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