Steroids In Nonmammalian Vertebrates

Steroids In Nonmammalian Vertebrates

1st Edition - January 1, 1972

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  • Editor: David R. Idler
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140980

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Steroids in Nonmammalian Vertebrates offers a critical assessment of each identification and/or quantification of a steroid in nonmammalian vertebrates, with particular reference to fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Discussions focus on corticosteroids, androgens, estrogens, functional morphology of steroidogenic tissues, and biological effects of steroid hormones. The methods used to study steroid biosynthesis are also covered. This text is comprised of eight chapters; the first of which explains the importance of understanding the endocrinology of nonmammalian vertebrates. The reader is then introduced to the methods used in the isolation, identification, and quantification of steroids. The criteria for the identification of steroids isolated from natural sources are described, and the in vivo and in vitro methods for steroid biosynthesis are compared. The next chapter focuses on the functional morphology of the testis, ovary, interrenal tissue, and adnexa, such as Bidder's organ and the corpuscles of Stannius, of nonmammalian vertebrates. This book also explores the identification and quantification of corticosteroids, estrogens, and androgens in fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Emphasis is placed on factors affecting corticosteroidogenesis in fish, protein binding of sex hormones in fishes and amphibians, and physicochemical aspects of steroid hormones. This book will be of interest to students and scientists in the fields of zoology and biology.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1. Why Comparative Endocrinology?



    Chapter 2. Steroid Methodology

    I. Introduction

    II. Criteria for the Identification of Steroids Isolated from Natural Sources

    III. Isolation and Quantification of Steroids

    IV. Methods for Study of Steroid Biosynthesis


    Chapter 3. The Functional Morphology of Steroidogenic Tissues

    I. Introduction

    II. Testis

    III. Ovary

    IV. Adrenocortical (Interrenal) Tissue


    Chapter 4. Corticosteroids in Fish

    I. Introduction

    II. Fish as Experimental Animals

    III. Identification and Quantification of Corticosteroids

    IV. Factors Affecting Corticosteroidogenesis

    V. Protein Binding of Corticosteroids

    VI. Production and Clearance of Corticosteroids


    Appendix: Tables A.I-A.XI

    Chapter 5. Corticosteroids in Amphibia, Reptilia, and Aves

    I. Introduction

    II. The Nature of Corticosteroids in Amphibia, Reptilia, and Aves

    III. The Biosynthesis of Corticosteroids in the Amphibian, Reptilian, and Avian Adrenal Gland

    IV. Summary


    Chapter 6. Androgens in Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Isolation and Identification of C19 Steroids

    III. Biosynthesis of C19 Steroids

    IV. Intermediate Metabolism of C19 Steroids

    V. Conjugation of Steroids

    VI. Androgen Production and Clearance In Vivo

    VII. Protein Binding of Sex Hormones in Fishes and Amphibians

    VIII. Conclusions


    Chapter 7. Estrogens in Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Isolation, Identification, and Quantification

    III. Biosynthesis

    IV. Intermediate Metabolism of C18 Steroids

    V. Concluding Remarks


    Chapter 8. Biological Actions of Steroid Hormones in Nonmammalian Vertebrates

    I. Actions of Adrenocorticosteroids

    II. Physicochemical Aspects

    III. Actions of Sex Steroids


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 516
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1972
  • Published: January 1, 1972
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140980

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David R. Idler

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