Description

A great deal of progress has been made in defining GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) transmission in the brain. Volume 54 of the Advances in Pharmacology series has also provided new insights into fundamental features of neurotransmission in general, such as the importance of allosterism and coincident signaling in regulating receptor function and overall cellular activity. These studies have led to the design and development of new drugs and potential therapeutic agents. Given the successes achieved over the first 50 years of GABA research, it is certain the 6th decade will yield its share of surprising discoveries and new insights. Published in this volume are articles providing thoughts and perspectives on this topic, some with the benefit of hindsight, others in the context of recent findings, but all with a hint, or prediction, of what the future holds as the secrets of GABA neurotransmission continue to unfold. Advances in Pharmacology is available online on ScienceDirect — full-text online of volumes 48 onwards.

Key Features

*GABA is an amino acid found in mammalian brain *Articles written by leading investigators in the field *Provides new insights into fundamental features of neurotransmission

Readership

Academics and researchers in neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology, biology, neurology, and physiology.

Table of Contents

1. The regulation of GABA cell viability in psychotic disorders 2. Involvement of GABA-B receptors in the thalamic processing of nociceptive information 3. GABA-B receptor subunit expression: Pharmacological and physiological implications 4. Epigenetic modulation of GABA-A receptors in psychiatric disorders 5. From gene to behavior and back again: New perspectives on the GABA-A receptor subunit selectivity 6. Modulation of inotropic GABA receptors by natural products 7. A role for GABA in alcohol dependence 8. GABA-A agonists and partial agonists: THIP (Gaboxadol) as a non-opioid analgesic and a novel type of hypnotic 9. GABA-A receptor epilepsy mutations 10. Role of Na/K ratio in GABA transport 11. Structure-activity studies and functional pharmacology of GABA transporters 12. Structure, pharmacology, and function of GABA-A receptor subtypes 13. Pharmacological characteristics of GABA uptake inhibitors

Details

No. of pages:
368
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Electronic ISBN:
9780080464732
Print ISBN:
9780120329571

About the serial-volume-editors

S. J. Enna

Dr. S. J. Enna received his B.A. degree (1965, Biology) from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri and both his M.S. (1967, Pharmacology) and Ph.D. (1970, Pharmacology) degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Postdoctoral training in pharmacology was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, at F. Hoffmann La Roche in Basel, Switzerland, and the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Enna spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in the Departments of Pharmacology and Neurobiology. While at the University of Texas Dr. Enna was also a consultant for ICI USA, Inc., Merck, Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories, Bristol Myers Corporation, and Panlabs, Inc. From 1986 1990, Dr. Enna was Senior Vice President and Scientific Director of Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation in Baltimore, and Executive Vice President from 1990 1992. He is currently Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education as well as Professor of Physiology and of Pharmacology at the University of Kansas Medical School. Dr. Enna served as chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics at the University of Kansas Medical School from 1992 to 2003. Other previous academic appointments include Lecturer in the Department of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Enna served for six years as editor of The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and is currently co-editor of Current Protocols in Pharmacology. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Biochemical Pharmacology, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Series Editor of Advances in Pharmacology. Besides his editorships, Dr. Enna serves on the editorial boards of Brain Research, Life Sci

Ferid Murad

Ferid Murad was born in Whiting, Indiana. Working concurrently on an M.D. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Dr. Murad graduated with both degrees from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1965. His many honors include the Alfred S. Maschke Award for Clinical Excellence from Case Western Reserve University in 1965. He has held several distinguished positions, including Acting Chairman in the Department of Medicine and Acting Division Chief, Division of Respiratory Medicine at Stanford University. He currently is CEO and President of Molecular Geriatrics Corporation in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Dr. Murad is married and has five children.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE SERIES "Recommended not only to pharmacologists but also to all those in related disciplines." -NATURE