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Main description:

Over the last decade it has been shown that orphan G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) can be used as targets to discover novel neuropeptides. A dozen neuropeptides have been identified through this approach. Each of these neuropeptides has opened new doors for our understanding of fundamental physiological or behavioral responses. For example the orexins, MCH and ghrelin carry fundamental roles in regulating food intake while neuropeptide S, neuromedin S, the prokineticins and the orexins are major players in modulating sleep and circadian rhythms.



The chapters of this book review the latest research in the field, most of them are written by the original discoverers of the respective novel neuropeptide. Emphasis is set not only on their discovery but also on their functional significance. Since many of these neuropeptides are part of drug discovery programs, this book impacts academic as well as pharmaceutical research.


Feature:

Comprehensive overview on GPCRs and the novel neuropeptides discovered with their help


Most authors are the original discoverers of the respective novel neuropeptides


First book to also describe the functional significance of the novel neuropeptides


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Over the last decade it has been shown that orphan G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) can be used as targets to discover novel neuropeptides. A dozen neuropeptides have been identified through this approach. Each of these neuropeptides has opened new doors for our understanding of fundamental physiological or behavioral responses. For example the orexins, MCH and ghrelin carry fundamental roles in regulating food intake while neuropeptide S, neuromedin S, the prokineticins and the orexins are major players in modulating sleep and circadian rhythms.



The chapters of this book review the latest research in the field, most of them are written by the original discoverers of the respective novel neuropeptide. Emphasis is set not only on their discovery but also on their functional significance. Since many of these neuropeptides are part of drug discovery programs, this book impacts academic as well as pharmaceutical research.


Contents:

The Orphanin FQ/Nociceptin (OFQ/N) System.- Orexins and Orexin Receptors: From Molecules to Integrative Physiology.- Prolactin-Releasing Peptide.- Structure and Function of Ghrelin.- GPR54 and Kisspeptins.- Neuropeptide S: Anatomy, Pharmacology, Genetics and Physiological Functions.- The Melanin-Concentrating Hormone System and Its Physiological Functions.- Biological Function of Prokineticins.- Neuromedin S: Discovery and Functions.- Relaxin-3, INSL5, and Their Receptors.- The NPB/NPW Neuropeptide System and Its Role in Regulating Energy Homeostasis, Pain, and Emotion.


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ISBN-13: 9783642097058
Publisher: Springer (Springer Berlin Heidelberg)
Publication date: October, 2010
Pages: 276
Weight: 427g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: Endocrinology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology
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