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Life Sciences - Ecology | Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 9

Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 9

Marchlewska-Koj, Anna, Lepri, John J., Müller-Schwarze, Dietland (Eds.)

2001, XII, 482 p.

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It is generally accepted that the recent progress in molecular and cellular biology would not have been possible without an understanding of the mechanisms and signaling pathways of communication inside the cell and between various cells of the animal organism. In fact a similar progress occurred in the field of chemical communication between individual organisms of vertebrate species, and this volume is aimed at presenting the current state of the art on this subject. The reader can find here both original results obtained in the laboratory or field studies and comprehensive reviews summarizing many years of research. The presentations of over 60 scientists have been grouped according to their approach into nine parts covering such fields as ecological and evolutionary aspects of chemical communication, structure and neuronal mechanisms of chemosensory systems, chemical structure of pheromones and binding proteins, kin, individual and sexual recognition, predator-prey relationships, purpose and consequences of marking behavior, scent signals and reproductive processes. Expanding on former volumes of this series, entirely new chapters have been added on prenatal chemical communication describing specific effects of the intrauterine environment. In many cases a truly multidisciplinary approach was required, such as with the population analysis of polymorphic variants of the mouse's major urinary proteins that function in carrying pheromones.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Oxytocin - Pheromon - environment - neural mechanisms - proteins - vertebrates

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Biochemistry & Biophysics - Ecology - Neuroscience

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Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects of Chemical Communication. From individuals to population: field studies as proving grounds for the role of chemical signals; D. Müller-Schwarze. The economic consequences of advertising scent mark location on territories; S.C. Roberts, L.M. Gosling. Do chemical alarm signals enhance survival of aquatic vertebrates? An analysis of the current research paradigm; R.S. Mirza, D.P. Chivers. Mechanisms of olfactory foraging by Antarctic procelliiform seabirds; G.A. Nevitt. Ecological aspects of house mouse urinary chemosignals; L.C. Drickamer. Information in scent signals of competitive social status: The interface between behaviour and chemistry; J.L. Hurst, et al. Molecular approaches in chemical communcation of mammals; E.P. Zinkevich, V.S. Vasilieva. Structure and Neuronal Mechanisms of Chemosensory Systems. Neural mechanisms of communication: from pheromones to mosaic signals; R.E. Johnston. A unique subfamily of olfactory receptors; J. Strotmann. Odours are represented in glomerular activity patterns: optical imaging studies in the insect antennal lobe; C.G. Galizia, et al. Spatial representations of odorant chemistry in the main olfactory bulb of the rat; B.A. Johnson, M. Leon. Prenatal growth and adult size of the vomeronasal organ in mouse lemurs and humans; T.D. Smith, et al. Size of the vomeronasal organ in wild Microtus; L.M. Maico, et al. Oxytocin, norepinephrine and olfactory bulb mediated recognition; D.E. Dluzen, et al. A possible humoral pathway for the priming action of the male pheromone androstenol on female pigs; T. Krzymowski, et al. Chemical Structure of Pheromones and Binding Proteins. Demonstration of volatile C19-steroids in the urine of femaleAsian elephants, Elephas maximus; M. Dehnhard, et al. The pheromone of the male goat: function, sources, androgen dependency and partial chemical characterization; R. Claus, et al. Analysis of volatile compounds in scent-marks of spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) and their possible function in olfactory communication; H. Hofer, et al. Mice, MUPs and myths: structure-function relationship of the major urinary proteins; R.J. Beyon, et al. Polymorphic variants of mouse major urinary proteins; C. Veggerby, et al. Differential responses elicited in male mice by MUP-borne odorants; A. Cavaggioni, et al. Characteristics of ligand binding and release by major urinary proteins; D.H.L. Robertson, et al. Chemical communication in the pig; D. Loebel, et al. Prenatal Chemical Communication. Inter-fetal communication, and adult phenotype in mice; J.G. Vandenbergh, A.K. Hotchkiss. The role of the main and accessory olfactory systems in prenatal olfaction; D.M. Coppola. Fetal olfactory cognition preadapts neonatal behavior in mammals; B. Schaal, et al. Olfaction in premature human newborns: detection and discrimination abilities two months before gestational; L. Marlier, et al. Intrauterine position effects on rodent urinary chemosignals; L.C. Drickamer. Kin, Individual and Sexual Recognition. Social status, odour communication, and mate choice in wild house mice; N. Malone, et al. Effects of inbreeding and social status on individual recognition in mice; C.M. Nevison, et al. Heterogeneity of major urinary proteins in house mice: population and sex differences; C.E. Payne, et al. Genetic differences in odor discrimination by newborn mice as expressed by ultrasonic calls; J. Kapusta, H. Szentgyörgyi. Enhanced immune functi

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