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From The CriticsReviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book describes the current state-of-the-art techniques of laboratory processing of peptidases and neuropeptides. It systematically presents various approaches to both intracellular and extracellular processing enzymes and provides step-by-step protocols and procedures for enzyme studies.
Purpose: The goals are to summarize the latest techniques currently used in the authors' laboratories and to provide researchers with a starting point in developing strategies for the study of peptidases and neuropeptide processing. Because the area of applied neuroscience dealing with neuropeptides and peptidases is constantly expanding, this kind of practical summary of techniques is very valuable.
Audience: The book is written for both students and experimental researchers. It will be useful for neuroscientists who work with peptidases and neuropeptides as well as for those who plan or develop new projects in this field. The authors of the book are neuroscientists from seven countries actively involved in peptidase and neuropeptide processing research.
Features: The book has a sufficient amount of illustrations, mostly black-and-white. It is well referenced with separate reference lists after each chapter. The 22 chapters of the book are grouped into three sections, dealing with molecular aspects of intracellular processing enzymes, immunological and biochemical aspects of peptide-processing pathways, and techniques for extracellular processing enzymes in CNS. The book ends with a complete and helpful index.
Assessment: This is another volume in the recognized series Methods in Neurosciences, which is devoted to techniques of identification and characterization of peptidases and neuropeptide processing pathways. Written by an international cohort of leading experts in the field, it will be useful for researchers dealing with biochemical and molecular aspects of the nervous system. The book is recommended for biological and neuroscience libraries.