Relaxin and Related Peptides discusses the established paradigms, the contradictions, and the most recent findings and future directions in the field of relaxin research. The array of diverse topics are highlighted, ranging from evolution of relaxin family peptides and receptors to their cell signaling, from the role of relaxin in reproduction to the newly discovered functions in cancer progression and in the nervous system. This book includes chapters written by well-known experts in the relaxin field who are actively involved in shaping this rapidly evolving science. The four major ongoing areas of research described in this book will likely attract investigators for years to come, since many basic scientific questions remain unanswered at this time. The availability of structural databases, new experimental techniques, and high quality hormone preparations, antibodies and other reagents enable rigorous investigation. Relaxin and Related Peptides offers a fresh perspective along with different points of view, opinions and disagreements.
Is intended to show the established paradigms and the contradictions, the most recent findings and the future directions in the field of relaxin research
The Evolution of the Relaxin Peptide Family and their Receptors.- Relaxin, The Relaxin-Like Factor and their Receptors.- Diverse Signalling Mechanisms used by Relaxin in Natural Cells and Tissues: The Evolution of a 'Neohormone'.- Relaxin Physiology in the Female Reproductive Tract during Pregnancy.- Relaxin and Related Peptides in Male Reproduction.- The Vascular Actions of Relaxin.- The Effects of Relaxin on Extracellular Matrix Remodeling in Health and Fibrotic Disease.- Relaxin-Like Ligand-Receptor Systems are Autocrine/Paracrine Effectors in Tumor Cells and Modulate Cancer Progression and Tissue Invasiveness.- Relaxin-Family Peptide and Receptor Systems in Brain: Insights from Recent Anatomical and Functional Studies.-