Encyclopedia of Hormones

1st Edition

Hardcover ISBN: 9780123411037
eBook ISBN: 9780080547923
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th May 2003
Page Count: 2154


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The Encyclopedia of Hormones is a comprehensive reference work on hormones in vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant systems. It covers all aspects of hormones: their chemical structure and biological synthesis; the major physiological systems in which they operate; the cellular and subcellular site of their action; the nature of the signal transduction mechanisms used in the hormone's action; and the biological consequences of an excess or deficiency of the hormone.

Each contributor is an expert in his or her field and has been recruited by one of 14 Associate Editors. The 300 articles that comprise this encyclopedia are arranged alphabetically. Each entry begins with a glossary of key terms that are compiled into a complete glossary for the entire work. Additionally, each entry includes 10-15 recent references to provide the reader with an entry into the scientific literature.

The Encyclopedia of Hormones is sure to be a valuable reference work for students and professional researchers interested in any aspect of the control of biological systems by hormonal signals.

Key Features

  • The only source available with such comprehensive descriptions of hormones, their receptors, and their mechanisms of action
  • Full coverage including vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant hormones
  • Includes the chemistry, synthesis, secretion, and biological actions of hormones
  • Thorough coverage of signal transduction mechanisms as they relate to hormones
  • Contributions from over 500 experts in the study of hormones
  • Written to be accesssible to non-endocrinologists


Endocrinologists, biochemists, toxicologists, and plant pathologists

Table of Contents

Apoptosis Calcium Signaling Cancer Cells and Progrowth/Prosurvival Signaling Activin Receptor Signaling Cytokines and Anterior Pituitary Function Eating Disorders Fetal-Placental Unit Hormone Production Gastrointestinal Hormone (GI) Regulated Signal Transduction Extracellular Matrix and Follicle Development Growth Hormone (GH) Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Insulin Gene Regulation Interleukin (IL)-1 Juvenile Hormone Production: Role of Neuropeptides Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) Neuroactive Steroids Neuropeptide Y (NPY) Parathyroid Hormone Sex Hormones and the Immune System Stem Cell Factor Stress and Reproduction Thyroid and Reproduction Type-1 Diabetes Vasopressin (AVP) Vitamin D Deficiency, Rickets and Osteomalacia Wnt Protein Family


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"The preface carefully defines ‘hormone’, where the editors explain they have expanded the classic meaning of ‘chemical messenger’ to include ‘local paracrine and autocrine signals’...Highly recommended." --CHOICE, 2003

"...an important addition to the reference collections of biology and health science libraries…a valuable reference source and highly recommended for medical libraries as well as other life science collections. --E-STREAMS, April 2004

"This three-volume encyclopedia is the first of its kind. It covers the vast field of molecular endocrinology in 296 articles from over 500 contributors who were recruited and invited to write by 14 associate editors, all of whom were specifically chosen by executive editors Helen Henry and Anthony Norman...It is evident that great care went into the compilation of this professional, multi-volume resource...The Encyclopedia of Hormones is highly recommended for academic science and medical school libraries."  --AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS, 2004