Human Cytokines: Handbook for Basic and Clinical Research

Human Cytokines: Handbook for Basic and Clinical Research

by Bharat B. Aggarwal
     
 

The third in a series of handbooks, Human Cyokines, Volume III catalogues and describes the newest generation of cytokine molecules. A group of eminent experts discusses the structure, function, and mechanism of twenty five recently identified cytokines, including Interferon-t, Lymphotoxin-B, GIF, and Angiogenin among others. A special section is devoted to the new…  See more details below

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The third in a series of handbooks, Human Cyokines, Volume III catalogues and describes the newest generation of cytokine molecules. A group of eminent experts discusses the structure, function, and mechanism of twenty five recently identified cytokines, including Interferon-t, Lymphotoxin-B, GIF, and Angiogenin among others. A special section is devoted to the new receptor ligands. Like the extremely successful first two volumes to which this book is an ideal complement, Volume III presents the information on this dynamic new dimension of medicine in clear, concise language with a focus on clinical application. As a set, these three volumes represent the most comprehensive reference on cytokines available.

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Reviewer: Luisa A. DiPietro, DDS, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This multiauthored handbook is the third volume in a series that describes the characteristics of numerous individual human cytokines. The first and second volumes, published in 1992 and 1996 respectively, contained descriptions of 45 unique human cytokines. This third volume includes an additional 18 recently discovered cytokines, as well as 6 new receptor ligands. A full chapter is devoted to each cytokine, and most chapters are written by well-regarded experts.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide concise and uniform information about individual human cytokines in a handbook format.
Audience: The book will be a useful reference for both basic and clinical researchers who study biologic processes that include the analysis of cytokine function.
Features: Each chapter describes an individual cytokine within the context of ten individual subheadings, which include nomenclature, sources, inducers and suppressors, bioassay, purification, characterization of the protein, receptors, molecular biology, biologic effects, and potential clinical significance. The individual contributors were apparently given latitude in format, as these subheadings are sometimes omitted or combined in particular chapters. Occasional chapters include one or more unique additional subheadings. The text is supplemented by black-and-white illustrations and tables that vary in quality and style. Unfortunately, many of the tables and figures are split onto more than one page. In addition, the lack of a clear typeset distinction between text, tables, and figure legends makes the text difficult to follow.
Assessment: This book will be an excellent addition to a library containing the first two volumes, and the three volume set will be widely useful to a variety of biomedical scientists. The handbook's merit is partially limited by a lack of consistency regarding the chapter content, as well as the variable quality of the tables and illustrations.
3 Stars from Doody
Luisa A. DiPietro
This multiauthored handbook is the third volume in a series that describes the characteristics of numerous individual human cytokines. The first and second volumes, published in 1992 and 1996 respectively, contained descriptions of 45 unique human cytokines. This third volume includes an additional 18 recently discovered cytokines, as well as 6 new receptor ligands. A full chapter is devoted to each cytokine, and most chapters are written by well-regarded experts. The purpose of the book is to provide concise and uniform information about individual human cytokines in a handbook format. The book will be a useful reference for both basic and clinical researchers who study biologic processes that include the analysis of cytokine function. Each chapter describes an individual cytokine within the context of ten individual subheadings, which include nomenclature, sources, inducers and suppressors, bioassay, purification, characterization of the protein, receptors, molecular biology, biologic effects, and potential clinical significance. The individual contributors were apparently given latitude in format, as these subheadings are sometimes omitted or combined in particular chapters. Occasional chapters include one or more unique additional subheadings. The text is supplemented by black-and-white illustrations and tables that vary in quality and style. Unfortunately, many of the tables and figures are split onto more than one page. In addition, the lack of a clear typeset distinction between text, tables, and figure legends makes the text difficult to follow. This book will be an excellent addition to a library containing the first two volumes, and the three volume set will be widelyuseful to a variety of biomedical scientists. The handbook's merit is partially limited by a lack of consistency regarding the chapter content, as well as the variable quality of the tables and illustrations.
Booknews
Continues from volume one (1992) the catalogue of the newest generation of biochemical signaling molecules and their role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Reviews the structure, function, and mechanisms of 22 recently discovered cytokines, including the new interleukins, growth factors, and chemokines. Both the identification and characteristics of new cytokines, and new methods of applying them are growing at a rapid rate; the number of total volumes in the series is not projected. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865425330
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/15/1997
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.21(d)

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