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Cell Death / Edition 1

Cell Death / Edition 1

by Gerry Melino, David Vaux


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This book on cell death contains 29 self-contained, peer-reviewed articles written by leading scientists in each field. It features overview articles aimed at undergraduates and non-specialists, which present basic information and provide entry into the following advanced articles. These advanced articles are written for postgraduate students and research workers, containing detailed information and key references allowing the reader to investigate a specific area in more depth. The book is an essential resource for educational purposes as well as a reference work for experienced researchers in the field. The articles will also be available electronically as part of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS).

Key features:

  • Provides a comprehensive overview on the research of programmed cell death.
  • Edited by leaders in the field.
  • Clearly written and illustrated articles.
  • Full colour throughout.
  • A spin-on to the acclaimed reference work, the Encyclopedia of Life Science (ELS).
  • Combines introductory information with coverage of the latest discoveries in the field.
  • Features overview level articles for advanced students or people new to a topic and more advanced articles for those requiring more detailed information.
  • Serves as a reference work for advanced students as well as researchers in this field.
  • Ideal library purchase for science, medical, and technology libraries in academia, government, and industry; medical libraries; networks and consortia covering these markets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470715734
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/29/2010
Series: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gerry Melino, PhD is Head of the Apoptosis and Cancer Laboratory, Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, UK, and Professor of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rome-Tor Vergata. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cell Death and Differentiation as well as the Editor for the Molecular Biology and Genetics section of ELS. He also acts as Scientific Advisor for the Government of Ireland and Finland. His scientific interest focuses upon programmed cell death in neural and epidermal models.

David Vaux, PhD is Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, La Trobe University, Australia. He obtained a PhD in molecular biology from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and worked at Stanford University before returning to Australia in 1993. In 2006 he moved to La Trobe University as a Federation Fellow. His field of research is apoptosis and a paper he published on apoptosis in Nature in 1988 has become the most highly cited primary paper from Australia in the past 25 years. He has been invited to give many seminars in apoptosis conferences (both national and international scientific meetings) including the Nobel Symposia on apoptosis in 2002. He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cell Biology.

Table of Contents



The Siren’s Song: This Death That Makes Life Live (Gerry Melino, Richard A Knight and Jean-Claude Ameisen).

The Origin and Evolution of Programmed Cell Death (Jean Claude Ameisen).

Cell Death in C. elegans (Ataman Sendoel and Michael O Hengartner).

Caspases and Cell Death (Lorraine D Hernandez, Caroline Houde, Maarten Hoek, Brent Butts, Donald W Nicholson and Huseyin Mehmet).

The Apoptosome: The Executioner of Mitochondria-mediated Apoptosis (Elisabetta Ferraro and Francesco Cecconi).

Caspases, Substrates and Sequential Activation (John G Walsh and Seamus J Martin).

Dismantling the Apoptotic Cell (Paula Deming and Sally Kornbluth).

The BCL-2 Family Proteins – Key Regulators and Effectors of Apoptosis (David L Vaux).

BH3-only Proteins (Lina Happo, Andreas Strasser and Clare L Scott).

Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Permeabilization (Melissa J Parsons and Douglas R Green).

Mitochondria Fusion and Fission (Giovanni Benard, Guihong Peng and Mariusz Karbowski).

Death Receptors (Peter H Krammer and Inna N Lavrik).

Death Receptors at the Molecular Level: Therapeutic Implications (Marion MacFarlane).

Death Receptor-induced Necroptosis (Wim Declercq, Franky Van Herreweghe, Tom Vanden Berghe and Peter Vandenabeele).

Inhibitor of Apoptosis (IAP) and BIR-containing Proteins (David L Vaux).

Structures, Domains and Functions in Cell Death (DD, DED, CARD, PYD) (Hao Wu and Yu-Chih Lo).

Structure and Function of IAP and Bcl-2 Proteins (Mark G Hinds, Peter D Mace and Catherine L Day).

Engulfment of Apoptotic Cells and its Physiological Roles (Rikinari Hanayama, Masanori Miyanishi, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Jun Suzuki and Shigekazu Nagata).

Autophagy (María Isabel Colombo and Hans-Uwe Simon).

Autophagy in Nonmammalian Systems (Jahda H Hill and Eric H Baehrecke).

Apoptosis: Regulatory Genes and Disease (James E Vince and John Silke).

Caspases in Inflammation and Immunity (Philippe M LeBlanc and Maya Saleh).

Immunity, Granzymes and Cell Killing (Nigel J Waterhouse, Olivia Susanto, Karin A Sedelies and Joseph A Trapani).

P53 and Cell Death (Kamil Wolyniec, Sue Haupt and Ygal Haupt).

Cornification of the Skin: A Non-apoptotic Cell Death Mechanism (E Candi, RA Knight and G Melino).

Apoptosis: Inherited Disorders (Helen C Su and Michael J Lenardo).

From Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species to Therapy (Scott R McKercher, Tomohiro Nakamura and Stuart A Lipton).

Microbial Inhibitors of Apoptosis (Georg Häcker).

Drug Discovery in Apoptosis (Tom O’Brien and Vishva M Dixit).

Subject Index.

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