Recent Advances in Arthropod Endocrinology

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Arthropods form the largest and most varied assemblage of organisms on earth. They are notable as agricultural pests, as vectors of disease and as a source of food. Knowledge in the area of arthropod endocrinology has increased greatly in the past decade with the advent of improved techniques for the isolation and study of the hormones themselves, revealing fascinating relationships among the endocrine systems of the various arthropod groups. This collection brings together in a single volume contributions from many of the leading workers in the field, providing in-depth accounts of the current state of knowledge of a wide range of hormone systems. The book presents a unique summary of some of the most significant and exciting advances of the past decade.

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Part I. Moulting, Metamorphosis and Reproduction: 1. Structures, functions and occurence of insect allatostatic peptides R. J. Weaver, J. P. Edwards, W. G. Bendena, and S. S. Tobe; 2. Neuropeptides inhibiting growth and reproduction of crustaceans S. G. Webster; 3. Molecular, cytological and physiological aspects of the crustacean hyperglycemic hormone family F. Van Herp; 4. Endocrine effectors in insect vitellogenesis X. Bellés; 5. Endocrine regulation of development and reproduction in Acarines L. O. Lomas, and H. H. Rees; 6. Ecdysteroid synthesis in the crustacean Y-organ: role of cyclic nucleotides and Ca 2+ D. Sedlmeier, and A. Seinsche; 7. Regulation of steroidogenesis: role of transaldolase in crab moulting glands F. Lachaise, and G. Sommé; Part II. Control of Intermediary Metabolism, Ion and Water Balance: 8. New perspectives on the structures, assays and actions of locust adipokinetic hormones M. J. Lee, and G. J. Goldsworthy; 9. Signal transduction of adipokinetic hormone W. J. A. Van Marrewijk, and D. J. Van der Horst; 10. The regulation of primary urine production in insects G. M. Coast; 11. Locust ion transport peptide (ITP): function, structure, DNA and expression J. E. Phillips, J. Meredith, N. Audsley, M. Ring, A. Macins, H. Brock, D. Theilmann, and D. Littleford; Part III. Myotropic and Myoininhibitory Arthropod Neuropeptides: Structures and Functions?: 12. The dipteran Leu-callatostatins: structural and functional diversity in an insect neuroendocrine peptide family H. Duve, A. Thorpe, A. H. Johnsen, J-L. Maestro, A. G. Scott, and P. D. East; 13. An insect peptide family in search of functions; the tachykinin-related peptides D. R. Nässel, C. T. Lundquist, J. E. Muren, and A. S. A. Winther; 14. The distribution, biological activity, and pharmacology of SchistoFLRFamide and related peptides in insects I. Orchard, and A. B. Lange; 15. Ontogenetic, phylogenetic and physiological aspects of the conserved crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) neural networks in arthropods H. Dirksen; 16. Control of the insect oviduct: the role of the neuropeptide CCAP in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta A. K. Marshall, and S. E. Reynolds; Part IV. Peptidases, Peptide and Pseudopeptide Mimetics: Toward New Strategies of Insect Pest Control?: 17. Insect angiotensim-converting enzyme: comparative biochemistry and evolution R. E. Isaaac, D. Coates, T. A. Williams, and L. Schoofs; 18. Mimetic analogues of the myotropic diuretic insect kinin neuropeptide family R. J. Nachman, G. M. Holman, and G. M. Coast.

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