Vertebrate Photoreceptors

Functional Molecular Bases

Editors: Furukawa, Takahisa, Hurley, James B., Kawamura, Satoru (Eds.)

  • Integrates recent genetic, biochemical, and physiological advances in the understanding of vertebrate photoreceptors
  • Highlights recent advances in understanding a neuronal system that is used widely as a model for many types of sensory transduction
  • Highlights the types of experimental approaches that have been most successfully used to advance the understanding of sensory systems
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This book provides a series of comprehensive views on various important aspects of vertebrate photoreceptors. The vertebrate retina is a tissue that provides unique experimental advantages to neuroscientists. Photoreceptor neurons are abundant in this tissue and they are readily identifiable and easily isolated. These features make them an outstanding model for studying neuronal mechanisms of signal transduction, adaptation, synaptic transmission, development, differentiation, diseases and regeneration. Thanks to recent advances in genetic analysis, it also is possible to link biochemical and physiological investigations to understand the molecular mechanisms of vertebrate photoreceptors within a functioning retina in a living animal.

Photoreceptors are the most deeply studied sensory receptor cells, but readers will find that many important questions remain. We still do not know how photoreceptors, visual pigments and their signaling pathways evolved, how they were generated and how they are maintained. This book will make clear what is known and what is not known. The chapters are selected from fields of studies that have contributed to a broad understanding of the birth, development, structure, function and death of photoreceptor neurons. The underlying common word in all of the chapters that is used to describe these mechanisms is “molecule”. Only with this word can we understand how these highly specific neurons function and survive. It is challenging for even the foremost researchers to cover all aspects of the subject. Understanding photoreceptors from several different points of view that share a molecular perspective will provide readers with a useful interdisciplinary perspective.

About the authors

Takahisa Furukawa MD. Ph. D., Professor
Protein Institute, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

James B. Hurley, Ph. D., Professor
Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Satoru Kawamura, Ph. D., Professor
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Evolution and Diversity of Visual Pigments in Connection with Their Functional Differences

    Sato, Keita (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Phototransduction in Rods and Cones

    Kawamura, Satoru (et al.)

    Pages 23-45

  • Regeneration of 11-cis-Retinal in Visual Systems with Monostable and Bistable Visual Pigments

    Saari, John C.

    Pages 47-71

  • Molecular Mechanism of Adaptation in Vertebrate Rods

    Morshedian, Ala (et al.)

    Pages 73-90

  • Energy Metabolism in the Vertebrate Retina

    Hurley, James B. (et al.)

    Pages 91-137

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vertebrate Photoreceptors
Book Subtitle
Functional Molecular Bases
Editors
  • Takahisa Furukawa
  • James B. Hurley
  • Satoru Kawamura
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54880-5
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54880-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54879-9
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56335-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 349
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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