Biology of the Integument: 2 Vertebrates

Biology of the Integument: 2 Vertebrates

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Biology of the Integument: 2 Vertebrates by J. Bereiter-Hahn

The integument plays an important role in the survival of meta­ zoans by separating and protecting them from a hostile environ­ ment. Its function ranges from protection against injury and in­ fection, participation in the regulation of body temperature and water balance, to respiratory activity, monitoring of the environ­ ment and production of signals related to behaviour. All these result from specific structural, biochemical and physiological properties of intra-and extracellular components of the integu­ ment. Thus its characterization can be best accomplished by a multidisciplinary approach with authors specialized in different fields of science. This multi-author book, in two volumes, provides an up-to­ date survey of the literature. The first volume deals with the integument of invertebrates, the second with that of vertebrates, both organized primarily on a phylum basis. As the level of knowledge on the integument of phyla differs considerably, the information provided is correspondingly either limited or con­ densed. For some of the smaller groups of invertebrates little information is available, as often only a few electron micrographs are to be found in the literature ; on the other hand, from the large body of knowledge existing for vertebrates, particularly for mammals, no complete overview can be provided, but publica­ tions giving access to further information have been reviewed critically.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783662009918
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 02/17/2013
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1986
Pages: 855
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.07(d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction.- 1 Introduction.- II The Skin of Fishes Including Cyclostomes.- 2 Epidermis.- 3 Dermis.- 4 Pigment Cells.- III The Skin of Amphibia.- 5 Epidermis.- 6 Dermis.- 7 Dermal Glands.- 8 Pigment Cells.- IV The Skin of Reptiles.- 9 Epidermis and Dermis.- 10 Glands.- V The Skin of Birds.- 11 Epidermis, Dermis and Appendages.- 12 Colouration.- 13 Uropygial Gland.- VI The Skin of Mammals.- 14 Structure and Function of the Mammalian Epidermis.- 15 Dermis.- 16 Formation, Chemical Composition and Function of Melanin Pigments.- 17 Hair, Wool, Quill, Nail, Claw, Hoof, and Horn.- 18 Sebaceous Glands.- 19 Sweat Glands.- 20 Scent Glands.- VII Epidermal-Dermal Interaction.- 21 Epidermal-Dermal Interaction.- VIII Mammalian Epidermal Cells in Culture.- 22 Mammalian Epidermal Cells in Culture.- IX Epidermal Cell Migration and Wound Repair.- 23 Epidermal Cell Migration and Wound Repair.- X Epidermal Osmoregulation and Salt Glands.- 24 The Role of Amphibian Epidermis in Osmoregulation and Its Adaptive Response to Changing Environment.- 25 Chloride Cells and Salt Glands.- XI Thermoregulation.- 26 Thermoregulation.- XII Skin-Mediated Sensation.- 27 Mechanoreceptors and Free Nerve Endings.- 28 Thermoreceptors.- 29 Chemoreceptors.- 30 The Merkel Cell.- XIII Skin Proteins.- 31 Epidermal ?-Keratin: Structure and Chemical Composition.- 32 Epidermal ?-Keratins: Structural Diversity and Changes During Tissue Differentiation.- 33 Feather Keratin: Composition, Structure and Biogenesis.- 34 Hair Keratin: Composition, Structure and Biogenesis.- 35 Nail, Claw, Hoof and Horn Keratin.- 36 Keratohyalin.- 37 Involucrin: A Constituent of Cross-Linked Envelopes and Marker of Squamous Maturation.- 38 Desmosomal Proteins.- 39 Protein Components of the Epidermal Basement Membrane.- 40 Interstitial Collagens.- 41 Elastic Fibers.- XIV Skin Lipids.- 42 Lipids of Keratinizing Tissues.- 43 Sebaceous Gland Lipids.- 44 Preen Gland and Scent Gland Lipids.- Index to Genera.

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