Environmental Stress and Cellular Response in Arthropods

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While the subject of environmental stress in animals is broad, the available information is fragmentary and lacks an up-to-date overview and analysis. Environmental Stress and Cellular Response in Arthropods fills these knowledge gaps. Written by three experts from the same institution, the chapters have a consistency not often found in multi-authored or contributed books. The authors describe environmental stress in arthropods, specifically Drosophila and analyze the process in all its aspects, from biochemical mechanisms to effects on the whole organism.

Incorporating new information that has become available in recent years, the authors explore hypotheses about the integrated response these systems often have. They explore topics ranging from disturbance of homeostasis, changes in metabolic processes, damage of cellular structures to acquired tolerance, effects on aging processes, and survival and cell death. By analyzing all these aspects in detail at the molecular, biochemical, and physiological level of the cell, the authors give you a thorough look at the relationship between an organism and its environment at the cellular level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415328869
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction
What is Stress?
Environmental Stressors
Stress Effects Disturbing Cellular Homeostasis
Stress Defense Systems and Their Response to Stress
Scope and Purpose of this Book
Basal signal transduction systems involved in stress response
Two Major Second Messenger Systems: cAMP and Ca 2+
The MAPK Cascade The stress-protein system
Types, Structures, and Functions of Stress Proteins
Gene Expression, Posttranscriptional, and Translational Regulation of Stress Proteins
The oxidative stress response system
Cellular Response to Reactive Oxygen Species The Metallothionein System
Properties and Types of Metallothionein
Regulation of Metallothionein
Heavy Metal Stress
The mixed-function oxygenase system
Description of the Mixed-Function Oxygenase System
The Mixed-Function Oxygenase System in Insects
Degradation of Xenobiotics in Insects
The role of cellular response systems in developing tolerance to environmental stress
Thermotolerance in Insect Species
The Effects of Environmental Stress on Aging and Cell Death
Effects of Environmental Stress on Aging
Cell Death by Environmental Stress
The integrated cellular stress defense system
Specific Characteristics of the Individual Systems
Important Stress Effects
Cooperation and Integration of Systems
The Central Hypothesis Summary

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