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The Comparative Physiology of Regulatory Peptides

  • Susanne Holmgren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Distribution and function of regulatory peptides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven R. Vigna, Michael C. Thorndyke
      Pages 34-60
    3. Robert E. Carraway, Manfred Reinecke
      Pages 87-111
    4. Jörgen Jensen
      Pages 130-149
    5. Rod Dimaline
      Pages 150-173
    6. Erika M. Plisetskaya
      Pages 174-202
    7. Michael C. Thorndyke
      Pages 203-228
  3. Integrated physiological functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Susanne Holmgren
      Pages 231-255
    3. Ann-Cathrine Jönsson, Susanne Holmgren
      Pages 256-271
    4. Judy L. Morris
      Pages 272-307
    5. Ian L. Gibbins
      Pages 308-343
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 370-380

About this book

Introduction

Strictly speaking, the term regulatory peptides may include any peptide which has a regulatory function in any organism. In recent years, how­ ever, the term has come to mean those originally classified as brain-gut peptides. The peptides initially defined as those belonging to the brain­ gut axis had a dual location in neurones of the brain and endocrine cells of the gut. We now include a number of neuropeptides found in the autonomic nervous system of the gut, the cardiovascular system and other systems. To many scientists comparative physiology means comparison of the mechanisms of certain functions in the rat, the guinea-pig, the cat and maybe some other mammal. If the philosophy is that man is the centre of the universe and other mammals can be used as 'models' of man, this may well be the most useful way to study the functions of the human being, without actually chopping somebody up. However, with a some­ what wider perspective on life, it is easy to see the importance of a full understanding of the function of all living organisms, in its own right as well as a link in the evolution towards individuals able to survive and reproduce in very different environments. The importance of com­ parative studies in all living organisms cannot be emphasized too much. It has been the ambition with this book to treat all animals as equally important.

Keywords

Universe animals biosynthesis brain cells environment evolution invertebrates nervous system peptide phylogeny physiology structure synthesis system

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Holmgren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoophysiologyUniversity of GöteborgSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-0835-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6862-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0835-2
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