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Serotonin - A Chemical Messenger Between All Types of Living Cells

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ISBN: 9789535133612 9789535133629 Year: Pages: 316 DOI: 10.5772/65233 Language: English
Publisher: IntechOpen
Subject: Biochemistry --- Neurology
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Serotonin - A Chemical Messenger Between All Types of Living Cells is a very interesting book on the most ancient neurotransmitter, hormone and trophic factor serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). This unique chemical is present in all living cells including plants and animals. This book will take us through a serene journey of the evolutionary history of serotonin and its role from man to mollusk. There are many interesting chapters incorporated in this book, including novel approaches for detecting minor metabolites of serotonin in human plasma, production and function of serotonin in cardiac cells, immuno-thrombotic effects of serotonin in platelets to the identification and localization of serotonin in the nervous system and gonad of bivalve mollusks.

Ion Channels in Health and Sickness

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ISBN: 9781789842272 9781789842289 Year: Pages: 202 DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.72025 Language: English
Publisher: IntechOpen
Subject: Cytology
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Ion channels are proteins that make pores in the membranes of excitable cells present both in the brain and the body. These cells are not only responsible for converting chemical and mechanical stimuli into the electrical signals but are also liable for monitoring vital functions. All our activities, from the blinking of our eyes to the beating of our heart and all our senses from smell to sight, touch, taste and hearing are regulated by the ion channels. This book will take us on an expedition describing the role of ion channels in congenital and acquired diseases and the challenges and limitations scientist are facing in the development of drugs targeting these membrane proteins.

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