Advances in Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry V7 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120115075, 9780323152884

Advances in Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry V7

1st Edition

Editors: O Lowenstein
eBook ISBN: 9780323152884
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1978
Page Count: 384
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Advances in Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Volume 7, presents four papers that illustrate a logical progression from evolutionary and genetic aspects of the biochemistry of a family of enzymes to the biochemical. The first study deals with the comparative biochemistry, physiology, and genetics of animal α-amylases. The second study examines the biochemistry of intercellular recognition, which is a component of so many biological phenomena. It covers the evolution of intercellular recognition processes; primitive sex mechanisms as precursors of intercellular recognition; conjugation in single-celled eukaryotes; fertilization in metazoans; cell aggregation as a developmental event in cellular slime molds; aggregation of dissociated sponge cells; and contact cellular interactions during embryonic development. The third paper explores the role of amino acids in neurotransmission. The final paper on the biochemical and biophysical aspects of the complex range of functions of the swimbladder in fishes establishes a link with the higher categories of organismal interaction in the fields of behavior and ecology.

Table of Contents

Contributors to Volume 7 Preface Contents of Previous Volumes The Comparative Biochemistry, Physiology, and Genetics of Animal α-Amylases I. Introduction II. Catalytic Activity and Its Quantitation III. Purification and Characterization IV. Tissue and Organ Distributions V. Isozymes VI. Genetics VII. Regulation of Synthesis and Secretion VIII. Comparison to Other Amylases IX. Conclusions and Speculations References The Biochemistry of Intercellular Recognition I. Introduction II. Background III. Evolution of Intercellular Recognition Processes IV. Primitive Sex Mechanisms as Precursors of Intercellular Recognition V. Conjugation in Single-Celled Eukaryotes VI. Fertilization in Metazoans VII. Cell Aggregation as a Developmental Event in Cellular Slime Molds VIII. Aggregation of Dissociated Sponge Cells IX. Contact Cellular Interactions during Embryonic Development X. Conclusions References Amino Acids as Neurotransmitters I. Introduction II. Neutral Amino Acids III. Acidic Amino Acids IV. Conclusions References Physiology and Function of the Swimbladder I. Introduction II. Gas Composition III. Gas Secretion IV. Gas Resorption V. Buoyancy VI. Pressure Sensitivity VII. Hearing VIII. Sound Production IX. Oxygen Source References Subject Index


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