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Cell Signalling in Prokaryotes and Lower Metazoa - Ian Fairweather

Cell Signalling in Prokaryotes and Lower Metazoa

By: Ian Fairweather (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 2003
ISBN: 9781402017391
Number Of Pages: 412

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Cell signalling lies at the heart of many biological processes and currently is the focus of intense research interest. In multicellular organisms, it is central to how different types of cell communicate with each other and how they detect and respond to extracellular signals. Intercellular communication is vital to single-celled organisms as well, allowing them to respond to environmental cues and signals.

To date, much of the understanding of signalling mechanisms has come from research on specific cell types (eg mouse lymphocyte and cardiomyocyte) or on organisms in which communication systems such as nervous and endocrine systems are well established. This volume therefore aims to 'fill the gap' by concentrating on 'simple organisms' where the elements of those signalling systems first evolved. Many of the groups covered contain important pathogens or parasites, and the potential for manipulating signalling pathways for therapeutic intervention will be highlighted.

Prefacep. vii
G proteins and MAP kinase cascades in the pheromone response of fungip. 1
Prokaryotic intercellular signalling--Mechanistic diversity and unified themesp. 27
Signal transduction mechanisms in protozoap. 73
Signalling systems in cnidariap. 91
Neuropeptides in cnidariansp. 115
Signalling mechanisms in platyhelminthsp. 141
Control of Caenorhabditis elegans behaviour and development by G proteins big and smallp. 195
Electrophysiological and pharmacological studies on excitable tissues in nematidesp. 243
Evidence for an annelid neuroendocrine systemp. 303
Ion channels of microbesp. 325
Bacterial signal transduction: Two-component signal transduction as a model for therapeutic interventionp. 347
Indexp. 403
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ISBN: 9781402017391
ISBN-10: 1402017391
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.87

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