Universes in Delicate Balance: Chemokines and the Nervous System - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444510020, 9780080520193

Universes in Delicate Balance: Chemokines and the Nervous System

1st Edition

Editors: R.M. Ransohoff K. Suzuki A.E.I. Proudfoot W.F. Hickey J.K. Harrison
eBook ISBN: 9780080520193
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444510020
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 29th April 2002
Page Count: 404
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It is commonly acknowledged that the nervous system and the immune system, those most complex of networks, share attributes beyond their intricacy. Elements common to the two systems include memory, connectivity, flexibility and developmental selection of cellular composition by a rigorous process involving widespread programmed cell death. There is one salient difference: the cells of the immune system are predominantly in constant motion, while post-mitotic neurons and glia are largely fixed in place. Therefore, chemokines, initially characterized as leukocyte chemoattractants, have for the last one and one-half decades been intensely and productively studied in the contexts of inflammation, immunity and hematopoietic development.
Only recently have the two fields, neurobiology and immunology, displayed mutual interests in chemokines. This convergence of the two tribes of investigators was catalyzed by the finding that SDF-1 (now known as CXCL12) and its receptor, CXCR4, exerted significant and similar functions in development of both nervous and immune systems. Indeed CXCL12 and CXCR4 were required, in an uncannily similar fashion, for retention of pre-B lymphocytes at sites of maturation in the bone marrow and of neuronal progenitors in the external granule cell layer of the developing cerebellum. Recent reports indicate that chemoattraction of cerebellar granule cells through CXCR4 can be suppressed by reverse signaling initiated by binding of soluble eph receptors to transmembrane ephrin B, thereby establishing a link between chemokine action and a cardinal patterning system of the developing nervous system. As may be anticipated when a dam breaks, a massive influx of correlative observations in the nervous and immune systems is likely to ensue.

This volume represents the state of current knowledge. To this end, introductory material for both systems is provided. Basic and advanced 'chemokinology' are presented. The recipe for making

Table of Contents


  1. The nervous system (K. Suzuki). 1.1 Cellular elements, tissue organization, organogenesis (J. Dupree). 1.2 Cellular reactions to insult (K. Suzuki). 1.3 Patterns of tissue pathology in neurological diseases (K. Suzuki).
  2. The chemokine system(A.E.I. Proudfoot). 2.1 The biology of chemokines (B. Rollins). 2.2 Chemokines (A.E.I. Proudfoot, J.P. Shaw, C.A. Power, T.N.C. Wells). 2.3 Chemokine receptors (D. Slattery, N. Gerard, C. Gerard). 2.4 Chemokine receptor signal transduction (K. Bacon). 2.5 Development and function of the hemato-lymphopoiteic system (G.N. Schwartz, J.M. Farber). 2.6 CXC chemokines in angiogenesis (R.M. Strieter, J.A. Belperiio, D.A. Arenberg, M.I. Smith, M.D. Burdiek, M.P. Keane).
  3. Chemokines and neural inflammation in model systems (W.F. Hickey). 3.1 Expression, functions and interactions of chemokines in CNS trauma (V.W. Yong). 3.2 Animal models of multiple sclerosis (W.J. Karpus). 3.3 Chemokines and neonatal excitotoxic brain injury (J.M. Galasso, F. Silverstein). 3.4 Stroke: chemokine-induced infiltration of immune cells (H.W.G.M. Boddeke). 3.5 Chemokine responses in virus-induced neurologic disease: balancing host defence and neuropathology (T.E. Lane, M.J. Buchmeier). 3.6 Cell recruitment in the axotomized facial nucleus: role of cytokines, chemokines and cell adhesion molecules (G. Raivich). 3.7 Chemokines and neural inflammation in experimental brain abscesses (T. Kielian, W.F. Hickey). 3.8 Insights from transgenic and knockout mice (I.L. Campbell, V.C. Asensio).
  4. Chemokines effects on other CNS processes and resident cells (J.K. Harrison). 4.1 Constitutive roles for SDF-1/CXCR4 and fractalkine/CX3CR1 in the CNS (J.K. Harrison). 4.2 The role of the chem


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About the Editor

R.M. Ransohoff

Affiliations and Expertise

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Lerner Research Institute, Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA

K. Suzuki

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Carolina, Pathology & Lab Medicine, 410 Brinkhous Bullitt Bldg, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

A.E.I. Proudfoot

Affiliations and Expertise

Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute, 1228 Plan les Ouates, Switzerland

W.F. Hickey

Affiliations and Expertise

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Pathology, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001, USA

J.K. Harrison

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Florida, College of Medicine, Box 100267, Gainesville, FL 32610-0267, USA


@from:D.A. Weigent @qu:...The overall strength of the book lies in the timely and comprehensive coverage of the newly developing area of chemokine neurobiology. ...The test is well written and for the most part has avoided large amounts of detail that burden some readers. @source:International Journal of Toxicology

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