Proceedings of a NATO Advanced Study Institute/Twentieth Course of the International School of Biophysics, held in Erice, Italy, Oct.-Nov. 1991. The fourth course on Bioelectrochemistry differed somewhat from the proceeding ones because of greater emphasis on physiological phenomena. The course was organized in terms of the biology. The major topics are: calcium ion fluxes and homeostasis, action potentials, excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling, the electrophysiology of E-C coupling in cardiac muscle and the modulation of pacemaker activity, the contractile elements of muscle, the neuro-muscular junction and neurotransmitter substances, and the bioenergetics of muscle contraction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Calcium Homeostasis: Calcium Homeostasis in Skeletal Muscle; E. Ríos. Calcium Ion Fluxes across Plasma Membranes; G. Vassort. Presynaptic Nerve Function: Biochemical Aspects of Presynaptic Function; F. Valtorta, et al. Biophysical Aspects of Presynaptic Activity; R. Fesce. Nervous Control of Muscle Function: Low Molecular Weight Neurotransmitters; M.Z. Wrona, G. Dryhurst. The Electrochemical Signal Transmission by the Acetylcholine Receptor: Single Channel Conductance Events and Oligochannels; E. Neumann, T. Schürholz. Nervous Control of Cardia Function: Modulation of Pacemaker Activity; D. Di Francesco. Excitation-Contraction Coupling: Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Skeletal Muscle; E. Ríos, et al. Muscle Contraction: Contractile Protein Isoforms in Sarcomeric Muscle: Distribution, Function and Control of Gene Expression; S. Schiaffino, P. Moretti. Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes: Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes Applied to Biological Systems: A General Survey; D. Walz. 7 additional articles. Index.