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About this book
About this book
Significant advances have been made in Endocrinology relating to developmental biology, environmental physiology, chronobiology, photobiology, reproductive biology, circulatory and digestive physiology, molecular biology, metabolic physiology, clinical and medical biology, etc. Comparative points of view have also accelerated the advancement of endocrinology. This book covers various topics of endocrinology from comparative, experimental, developmental, reproductive and clinical endocrine aspects. Another important feature of this book is that more than half the chapters are described in relation to the function of melatonin and the structure of the pineal organ. These trials of this book are reasonable and timely. Melatonin physiology has been reviewed from several points of view such as antioxidant and scavenger of hydroxyl radical, circadian clock and photoperiodic gonadal response including photoreceptor system, and development of vertebrates. The volume is broadly divided into four main sections: (I) Experimental endocrinology; (II) Reproductive biology and clinical endocrinology; (III) Developmental endocrinology; and (IV) Endocrinephysiology.
SECTION I: Experimental Endocrinology; Melatonin: New Aspects of its Protective Actions and Novel Metabolites: R. Hardeland and B. Poeggeler; Gastrointestinal Melatonin - 30 Years of Research: G.A. Bubenik; Studies on the Sympathetic Nervous Regulation of Innate Immunity: Georges J.M. Maestroni; Regulation and Synthesis of Maturation Inducing Hormone in Fishes: R.M. Inbaraj and Hanna Rosenfeld; Melatonin Inhibition of Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone-induced Calcium Signaling and Hormone Secretion in Neonatal Pituitary Gonadotrophs: Hana Zemkova, Ales Balik and Petr Mazna; SECTION II: Reproductive Biology and Clinical Endocrinology; Roles of Melatonin in Photoperiodic Gonadal Response of Birds: Tomoko Yoshikawa, Masayuki Iigo, Toshiyuki Okano and Yoshitaka Fukada; The Role of Prenatal Androgen Excess on the Development of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Agathocles Tsatsoulis and Nectaria Xita; Effects of Antidiabetic Drugs on Reproductive System, Life Span and Tumor Development: Vladimir N. Anisimov; Obesity and Male Infertility: Ahmad Hammoud and Douglas T. Carrel; Melatonin and Induction and/or Growth of Experimental Tumors: Michal Karasek. SECTION III: Developmental Endocrinology; Melatonin and Its Role in Avian Embryogenesis: Skwarlo-Sonta Krystyna, Oblap Ruslan, Majewski Pawel, Stepinska Urszula, Baranska Anna and Olszanska Bozenna; Early Avian Development: Molecular Aspects: Bozenna Olszanska; Experimental Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology: M.L. Wright, T.A. Shea, R.F. Visconti, B.L. Ramah, L.L. Francisco, J.L. Scott and A.L. Wickett; Development and Regeneration of the Vertebrate Retina: Role of Tissue Interaction and Related Signaling: Molecules on the Retinal Fate Determination and RPE Transdifferentiation: Masasuke Araki; SECTION IV: Endocrine Physiology; Comparative Aspects of the Mammalian Pineal Gland Ultrastructure: Anna Zielinska and Michal Karasek; The Ultimobranchial Gland in Poikilotherms: Morphological and Functional Aspects: Ajai Kumar Srivastav, Seema Yadav and Sunil K. Srivastav; Melatonin and Immunomodulation: Involvement of the Neuro-endocrine Network: C. Haldar, S.S. Singh, S. Rai, K. Skwarlo-Sonta, J. Pawlak and M. Singaravel.