Reproduction: Part B - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125449052, 9780323162739

Reproduction: Part B

1st Edition

Editors: Peter K.T. Pang
eBook ISBN: 9780323162739
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th February 1991
Page Count: 366
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Vertebrate Endocrinology: Fundamentals and Biomedical Implication, Volume 4, Part B: Reproduction provides information relevant to the structure and function of the vertebrate reproductive endocrinology. This book deals with a variety of subjects, including oocyte maturation, gestation, ovulation, vitellogenesis, spermatogenesis, as well as the maturation and aging of the reproductive system. Organized into nine chapters, this volume starts with an overview of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which is the physiological regulator of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) release from the pituitary gland. This book then explores the significance of gonadotropins in animal life, which act directly on the gonads of vertebrates and control the development, maturation, and release of gametes. Other chapters consider the interactions between the reproductive system and the pineal gland in photoperiodic mammals. The final chapter deals with the evolution of the endocrine systems, which is involved in the control of vertebrate reproduction. Reproductive endocrinologists and developmental neuroendocrinologists will find this book extremely useful.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface Contents of Previous Volumes 8 Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormones I. Introduction II. Phylogenetic Distribution of GnRH Molecular Forms III. Interspecific Biological Activities of Vertebrate GnRHs IV. Structure-Activity Relations of GnRHs and Analogs in Vertebrates V. GnRH Stimulation of Gonadotropin Release VI. The GnRH Gene and Gene Products VII. Evolution of GnRH Structure and Function VIII. Biomedical Implications and Conclusions References 9 Gonadotropins I. Introduction II. History of Gonadotropin Isolation III. Classification of Gonadotropins IV. Biological Effects V. Mode of Action of Gonadotropin VI. Chemical Structures VII. Gonadotropin Genes and Their Expressions VIII. Evolution of Gonadotropin Molecules IX. Comparative Endocrinology: Contributions and Biomedical Implications References 10 Estrogens and Progestins I. Introduction II. Steroid Structure and Synthesis III. Agonists and Antagonists IV. Sites of Synthesis V. Steroid Metabolism VI. Functions of Progesterone VII. Functions of Estrogen VIII. Serum Steroid-Binding Components IX. Uptake of Steroid X. Steroid Hormone Receptors XI. Mechanism of Steroid Hormone Action XII. Estrogen-Progesterone Relationships XIII. Summary and Biomedical Implications References 11 Androgens I. Introduction II. Occurrence of Androgens in Vertebrates III. Biosynthesis of Androgens IV. Regulation of Androgen Biosynthesis V. Metabolism of Androgens VI. Androgen Transport in Blood VII. Hormonal Action VIII. Concluding Remarks and Biomedical Implications References 12 Sexual Differentiation I. Introduction II. Basic Mechanisms III. Genetics of Vertebrate Sex Differentiation IV. Alterna


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