Marsupials are excellent objects for studies on developmental processes in all mammals including humans. Marsupials are very immature at birth and undergo most of their development in a pouch where they can be manipulated in a variety of ways without affecting the mother. Most of these studies are on systems which largely mature before birth in eutherian mammals and are consequently difficult to investigate. Attention is also drawn to certain features peculiar to adult marsupials: e.g., they continue to grow throughout adult life, valuable for studies on growth mechanisms, and furthermore the composition of marsupial milk changes radically through lactation, most important in studies of hormonal regulation of milk composition and secretion.
|Publisher:||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.02(d)|
Table of Contents1 Introduction.- 2 Structural Adaptations of the Newborn Marsupial.- 3 Patterns of Growth.- 4 The Composition of Marsupial Milk.- 5 Hormonal Control of Lactation.- 6 Control of Milk Protein Synthesis in the Marsupial Macropus eugenii: a Model System to Study Prolactin-Dependent Development.- 7 Growth of the Brain.- 8 Differentiation of the Neocortex.- 9 Development of the Marsupial Primary Visual Pathway.- 10 Development of the Marsupial Cardiorespiratory System.- 11 Metabolism and the Development of Endothermy.- 12 Changes in Nutritional Metabolism During Weaning.- 13 The Development of Renal Function.- 14 Immunological Development in Pouch Young Marsupials.- 15 Sexual Development in Marsupial Pouch Young.- References.