First published in 1943, Vitamins and Hormones is the longest-running serial published by Academic Press.

The Series provides up-to-date information on vitamin and hormone research spanning data from molecular biology to the clinic. A volume can focus on a single molecule or on a disease that is related to vitamins or hormones.  A hormone is interpreted broadly so that related substances, such as transmitters, cytokines, growth factors and others can be reviewed.

This volume focuses on endocrine disrupters.

Key Features

  • Expertise of the contributors
  • Coverage of a vast array of subjects
  • In depth current information at the molecular to the clinical levels
  • Three-dimensional structures in color
  • Elaborate signaling pathways


Researchers, faculty, and graduate students interested in cutting-edge review concerning the molecular and cellular biology of vitamins, hormones, and related factors and co-factors. Libraries and laboratories at institutes with strong programs in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, gene regulation, hormone control, and signal transduction are likely to be interested.

Table of Contents

Chapter One. Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Human Growth and Maturation: A Focus on Early Critical Windows of Exposure


1 Introduction

2 Challenges in Evidencing Endocrine Disruption

3 Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Fetal Growth

4 EDCs and Sexual Differentiation

5 EDCs and Puberty

6 EDCs and Brain Development

7 EDC and Energy Balance

8 Epigenetic Perspective on the Developmental Effects of EDCs

9 Conclusion


Chapter Two. Agricultural Pesticides and Precocious Puberty


1 Introduction

2 Puberty

3 Precocious Puberty

4 The Effects of EDs on Puberty

5 Organochlorine Pesticides and Puberty

6 DDT and DDE

7 Methoxychlor

8 Endosulfans

9 Vinclozolin

10 Acetochlor

11 Conclusion


Chapter Three. Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Elucidating Our Understanding of Their Role in Sex and Gender-Relevant End Points


1 Introduction

2 Endocrine Disruption May Underlie Negative Effects of Contaminants

3 Adverse Health Consequences of Lifelong EDC Exposure

4 Signficance of Investigating EDC Effects on Neurodevelopmental Processes

5 Hormones’ Effects to Organize Neural Systems and Behavioral Processes

6 Developmental EDC Exposure Alters Reproductive Development and Behavior

7 Exposure to EDCs in Adulthood Also Effects Reproductive Parameters

8 EDCs in Adulthood Influence Sexually Dimorphic Brain Morphology

9 Do EDCs Influence Sex Differences in Nonreproductive Behaviors?

10 Effects of EDCs on Sexually Dimorphic, Nonreproductive Behaviors

11 Potential Mechanisms by which EDCs May Produce Their Effects

12 Several Factors May Bear upon Estrogenicity of Compounds

13 Effects of EDCs on Uterotropic Activity

14 Importance


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