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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The potential membrane effects on behavior have been proven in the past. This book addresses the membrane as the controller of cellular signaling.
Purpose: The purpose is to determine the nature of the lipid rafts in the determination of cell signaling.
Audience: Neuroscientists are the main targets for this book.
Features: The 10 chapters are written by 25 authors. The thrust of the book is to address the function of lipids in the transmission of signals from the extracellular environment to the internal cellular milieu. The incorporation of cholesterol particles in the membranes determines reproduction of genetic behaviors not previously imagined. There is also a direct relationship with specific membrane diseases that will potentially be managed by targeted therapy to the cellular membrane lipids.
Assessment: This is a good acquisition for general medical and neuroscience libraries.