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A reference on cellular signaling processes, the third edition of Signal Transduction continues in the tradition of previous editions, in providing a historical overview of how the concept of stimulus-response coupling arose in the early twentieth century and shaped our current understanding of the action of hormones, cytokines, neurotransmitters, growth factors and adhesion molecules. In a new chapter, an introduction to signal transduction, Signal Transduction provides a concise overview of receptor mechanisms, from receptor-ligand interactions to post-translational modifications operational in the process of bringing about cellular changes. The phosphorylation process, from bacteria to men, is discussed in detail.
Signal transduction third edition further elaborates on diverse signaling cascades within particular contexts such as muscle contraction, innate and adaptive immunity, glucose metabolism, regulation of appetite, oncogenic transformation and cell fate decision during development or in stem cell niches. The subjects have been enriched with descriptions of the relevant anatomical, histological, physiological or pathological condition.
Chapter 1. Prologue: Signal Transduction from an Historical Perspective
Chapter 2. An Introduction to Signal Transduction
Chapter 3. Regulation of Muscle Contraction by Adrenoceptors
Chapter 4. Cholinergic Signaling and Muscle Contraction
Chapter 5. Sensory Signal Processing; Visual Transduction and Olfaction
Chapter 6. Intracellular Calcium
Chapter 7. Bringing the Signal into the Nucleus: Regulation of Gene Expression
Chapter 8. Nuclear Receptors
Chapter 9. Protein Kinase C in Oncogenic Transformation and Cell Polarity
Chapter 10. Regulation of Cell Proliferation by Receptor Tyrosine Protein Kinases
Chapter 11. Signal Transduction to and from Adhesion Molecules
Chapter 12. WNT Signaling and the Regulation of Cell Adhesion and Differentiation
Chapter 13. Activation of the Innate Immune System: The Toll-Like Receptor-4 and Signaling through Ubiquitinylation
Chapter 14. Chemokines and Traffic of White Blood Cells
Chapter 15. Activating the Adaptive Immune System: Role of Non-receptor Tyrosine Kinases
Chapter 16. Signaling through the Insulin Receptor: Phosphoinositide 3-Kinases and AKT
Chapter 17. TGFß and Signaling through Receptor Serine/Threonine Protein Kinases
Chapter 18. Protein Phosphatases
Chapter 19. Cell Fate Determination by Notch
IJsbrand Kramer is a professor at the University of Bordeaux, working in the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology (IECB). He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in BioMedicine from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, with a one year research-excursion in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool, UK. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam, in the Central Laboratory of Blood transfusion services (Stichting Sanquin) and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hubrecht Laboratory in Utrecht and at the University of Washington in Seattle. He then took a lecturer position at the Department of Pharmacology at University College London, where he taught Signal Transduction (with Bastien Gomperts and Pether Tatham) and Pharmacology. Both teaching activities have been documented in textbooks: Signal Transduction (3 editions) and Receptor Pharmacology (CRC Press/Taylor Francis Group, 3 editions). Most of his research centers on the theme of inflammation, starting with neutrophils and the NADPH oxidase, synovial fibroblasts and destruction of the joint and more recently podosomes formation and extracellular matrix destruction in vascular endothelium. He moved to the University of Bordeaux for family reasons and switched from Pharmacology to Cell Biology, with a strong contribution to an introductory course for 1st year university students. Given the important teaching load and the general low level of student engagement in higher education he started to investigate the reasons for student failure (finding out about their expectations and attitudes) and the role of images and animations in comprehension. Scientific publications, web-based multimedia resources and dramatically enhanced retention rates (from 33 to 85%) are the fruits of these activities. At the same time he organized with University College London and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, summer schools on Receptor and Signalling Mechanism. He has been co-director of two European Programmes (Interbio and Transbio) that aimed at enhancing industrial innovation in the biomedical sector in the South West European Region (SUDOE).
Signal Transduction is indispensable for modern life sciences. -BIOELECTROCHEMISTRY (April 2003) "...most useful to senior undergrad and grad students entering the field, but will also provide a valuable reference for established researchers." -CELL "The text is strikingly comprehensive...Written with a single voice, the chapters integrate elegantly with one another, and provide the reader with both broad and comprehensive viewpoints...Remarkably current and up-to-date, the book promises to be a core text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in cell signaling and molecular cell biology, and a valuable reference book for all scientists whose work involves mechanisms of cell communication." -Michael B. Yaffe, M.I.T.