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Hardcover | $17.75 Short | £13.95 | ISBN: 9780262194075 | 670 pp. | 8.2 x 8.9 in | December 1998

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Regulators of Physiological Processes


In recent years there has been increasing interest and, subsequently, active research in neuropeptides. These neuroactive molecules coordinate, integrate, and regulate physiological processes in all organisms, throughout all phases of development. Acting as neurohormones, neurotransmitters, and/or neuromodulators, they maintain physiological homeostasis and influence important behavioral patterns. This textbook is the first to bring together and synthesize the neuropeptide research of the past decade in such a comprehensive, scholarly manner.

The book is divided into two parts. In Part I the author defines the basic principles of neuropeptide action, including their biosynthesis, processing, transport, distribution, and interactions with receptors and second messenger systems. Strand also discusses the intimate interaction between the neuropeptides, stress, and the immune system. In Part II she discusses the regulatory functions of the families of neuropeptide in sufficient detail to provide both the advanced student and senior investigator with a thorough understanding of the most important neuropeptides. The text also contains a complete and up-to-date reference/reading list.


“Strand has defined the major body of knowledge that makes a basis for a textbook on neuropeptides.”—M. Ian Phillips, Regulatory Peptides
“This book is a superb compilation of the complexities of the fields of neuropeptides.”—Donlin M. Long, M.D., Ph.D. , Neurosurgery Quarterly
“...[This] book is a coherent and readable volume that provides a great deal of valuable information.”—Leslie Iverson , Trends in Neuroscience


“This book will clearly be considered the bible of the neuroendocrine field.”
Frank Antonawich, Department of Neurology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
“This book is a magnificent review of this fascinating subject. Strand presents a wealth of data in a very comprehensive manner. She has summarized the information in a scholarly yet highly comprehensible, lucid way.”
D. de Wied, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Medical Pharmacology, Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neurosciences