Handbook of Biologically Active Peptides

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Abba Kastin, Abba J. Kastin
Elsevier, Apr 28, 2011 - Science - 1640 pages
Peptides play a crucial role in many physiological processes including actions as neurotransmitters, hormones, and antibiotics. Research has shown their importance in such fields as neuroscience, immunology, pharmacology, and cell biology. The Handbook of Biologically Active Peptides presents, for the first time, this tremendous body of knowledge in the field of biologically active peptides in one single reference. The section editors and contributors represent some of the most sophisticated and distinguished scientists working in basic sciences and clinical medicine.

The Handbook of Biologically Active Peptides is a definitive, all-encompassing reference that will be indispensable for individuals ranging from peptide researchers, to biochemists, cell and molecular biologists, neuroscientists, pharmacologists, and to endocrinologists. Chapters are designed to be a source for workers in the field and will enable researchers working in a specific area to examine other related areas with which they would not ordinarily be familiar.

*Chapters are designed to be a source for workers in the field and will enable researchers working in a specific area to examine other related areas that they would not ordinarily be familiar.
*Fascinating relationships described in the book include the presence of some peptides originally found in frog skin that persist in the human human and brain where they can affect food intake and obesity.

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Plant Peptides Section
BacterialAntibiotic Peptides Section
FungalAntifungal Peptides Section
Invertebrate Peptides Section
Amphibian Peptides Section
Venom Peptides Section
CancerAnticancer Peptides Section
Vaccine Peptides Section
Gastrointestinal Peptides Section
Cardiovascular Peptides Section
Renal Peptides Section
Respiratory Peptides Section
Opioid Peptides Section
Neurotrophic Peptides Section
BloodBrain Barrier Peptides Section
Other Peptide Topics

Immunological and Inflammatory Peptides Section
Brain Peptides Section
Endocrine Peptides Section
Ingestive Peptides Section
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About the author (2011)

Abba J. Kastin was born in Ohio and educated at Harvard College and Medical School. After starting his work on neuropeptides at NIH, he went to Louisiana where he now holds an endowed chair at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Dr. Kastin has been made an honorary member of 7 foreign medical societies, has received 2 honorary doctorates (1 American and 1 foreign), and has won several national and internaitonal awards. Author of more than 800 papers (25,000 citations), he has been listed among the 100 researchers most cited in the scientific literature.

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