The fifth edition of Vertebrate Endocrinology provides a complete overview of the endocrine system of vertebrates. It begins by emphasizing the mammalian system as the basis of most terminology and understanding of endocrine mechanisms and then applies that terminology and understanding to non-mammals. The text explains the intricate relationships among all of the body systems and their regulation by hormones and other bioregulators at different stages of an animal's life cycle, also giving the reader a sense of their development through evolutionary time. From feeding and metabolism to reproduction and the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis, Vertebrate Endocrinology covers a wide range of chemical bioregulation. Extensive appendices cover vertebrate phylogeny and evolution, bioassays, tissue types, comparative pituitary cytology and more.
Vertebrate Endocrinology is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, animal sciences, and veterinary sciences as well as endocrine researchers in comparative, veterinary, and mammalian endocrinology.
1. An Overview of Chemical Bioregulation in Vertebrates
2. Methods to Study Bioregulation
3. Synthesis, Metabolism, and Actions of Bioregulators
4. Organization of the Mammalian Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axes
5. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary System of Non-mammalian Vertebrates
6. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid (HPT) Axis of Mammals
7. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid (HPT) Axis of Non-mammalian Vertebrates
8. The Mammalian Adrenal Glands: Cortical and Chromaffin Cells
9. Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Adrenals
10. The Endocrinology of Mammalian Reproduction
11. Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Reproduction
12. Bioregulation of Feeding, Digestion, and Metabolism
13. Comparative Aspects of Feeding, Digestion, and Metabolism
14. Bioregulation of Calcium and Phosphate Homeostasis
B. Vertebrate Phylogeny and Evolution
C. Amino Acid Abbreviations
E. Units for Measuring Hormones in Tissues
F. Vertebrate Tissue Types
G. Comparative Pituitary Cytology
H. Metabolic Pathways
Dr. David O. Norris has done research in environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for more than 50 years, investigating the role of natural and anthropogenic environmental factors on thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive endocrinology in regards to development, sexual maturation, seasonal reproduction, and aging. Most of his research has involved fishes and amphibians. Dr. Norris was honored with the Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding teaching, research and service at the University of Colorado. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Physiology at Boulder Colorado.
Dr. James A. Carr is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research has focused on various aspects of environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for 25 years including the effects of opioid peptides on brainstem, cardiovascular areas and pituitary hormone secretion, the impact of environmental pollutants on the thyroid and reproductive axes in fishes and amphibians, and the impact of stress hormones on subcortical visual pathways involved in feeding.
Praise for the Third Edition:
" [...] a good text for comparative endocrinology classes or classes composed of students from a wide variety of disciplines [...] "
– Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
" [...] succeeds in stimulating the scientific curiosity of readers and in conveying a sense of fascination for the intricate mechanisms and importance of endocrinology."
– General and Comparative Endocrinology