Phylogeny and Development of Catecholamine Systems in the CNS of Vertebrates

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Wilhelmus J. A. Smeets, Anton Reiner
Cambridge University Press, Oct 13, 1994 - Medical - 488 pages
In this book, the structure, function, and development of brain systems using the catecholamines are comprehensively described for members of all living vertebrate classes. The first part of the book deals with comparative morphology and consists of an introductory chapter on methodology and limitations of catecholamine research followed by surveys of the anatomy and function of catecholamine systems for each vertebrate class. These chapters provide information on the distribution of catecholamines and their synthetic enzymes and on their relationships with specific functional systems and other neurotransmitter systems. In the second part of the book, special attention is paid to the first appearance of enzyme- and catecholamine-immunoreactivity in specific brain regions, to the maturation of catecholaminergic cells and fibers, and to relationships with other developmental events. In the final chapter, the morphological and developmental information is synthesized and major evolution implications and basic principles of organization and function are pointed out. The contributors provide an excellent overview of the current knowledge on organization and evolution of the catecholoaminergic systems of the brain and emphasize that brain catecholamine systems are very ancient and appear to be one of the backbones of the brain.
 

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J Pearson Research Institute Neurosciences Vrije Universiteit
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B Borg INSERM U 52
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R Cruce France
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P Ekström Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
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Catecholamines in the brains of Osteichthyes
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J Pierre S L Stuesse
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Catecholaminergic neuronal systems in
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Development of neurons expressing tyrosine
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J Repérant 26 Vavilov
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Functional significance of catecholamine
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Pilgrim see Reisert
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G A Foster Department of Anatomy
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