Role of RNA and DNA in Brain Function

A Molecular Biological Approach

  • Antonio Giuditta
  • Barry B. Kaplan
  • Claire Zomzely-Neurath

Part of the Topics in the Neurosciences book series (TNSC, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brain Gene Products

    1. B. B. Kaplan, A. E. Gioio, C. Perrone Capano, A. Giuditta
      Pages 1-9
    2. W. E. Hahn, N. Chaudhari, J. Sikela, G. Owens
      Pages 10-22
    3. J. G. Sutcliffe, R. D. McKinnon, A.-P. Tsou
      Pages 23-31
    4. R. J. Milner
      Pages 32-41
    5. A. Giuditta, T. Hunt, C. Perrone Capano, L. Santella, B. B. Kaplan
      Pages 42-56
  3. Cloning and Expression of Brain Genes

    1. J. Mallet, A. Berod, F. Blanot, C. Boni, M. Buda, N. Faucon Biguet et al.
      Pages 57-70
    2. E. Herbert, M. Comb, G. Thomas, D. Liston, A. Seasholtz, H. Rosen et al.
      Pages 90-111
  4. The Molecular Biology of Neurological Diseases

    1. K. E. Davies, H. R. Dorkins, S. McGlade, S. P. Ball, S. J. Kenwrick, T. Smith et al.
      Pages 123-130
    2. I. Oberlé, G. Camerino, B. Arveiler, J. Boue, M. G. Mattéi, J. F. Mattéi et al.
      Pages 131-141
    3. M. R. Morrison, W. S. T. Griffin, C. L. White III
      Pages 142-159
    4. L. Lim, C. Hall, T. Leung, S. Whatley
      Pages 160-173
  5. Brain DNA

    1. Neuronal Chromatin Structure and DNA Content

    2. Enzymes Related to DNA Metabolism

      1. P. Mandel, C. Niedergang, M. E. Ittel, H. Thomassin, A. Masmoudi
        Pages 233-246
    3. DNA Turnover

      1. S. Reinis
        Pages 256-267
      2. A. Giuditta, M. V. Ambrosini, F. Morelli, C. Perrone Capano, T. Menna, C. Buono et al.
        Pages 268-279
  6. Special Lecture

    1. H. Hydén
      Pages 280-293
  7. Posters

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 313-320

About this book


There was once an old Chinese man working on a hill with a boy. On the plain, near the sea, rested the village, the inhabitants eagerly engaged in their daily activities. Suddenly, the old man noticed that a huge wave, far distant in the sea, was approaching the shore endangering all. The only safe place was the hill. So, he began waving his hands and screaming aloud, to no avail. The villagers were too busy with their own work and paid little heed to the old man, who was considered a bit eccentric. But soon flames were on the hill, the wheat fields ablaze. The old man had resorted to this ultimate step to alert his fellow citizens. Now, they all went running towards him, angry about their burning crop, and in the process, avoided the imminent danger. For some mysterious reason, my mind focused on this story prior to the Symposium on the Role of DNA, which took place in Ravello, Italy at the end of May 1985. Having made a call for people to meet and reflect for a few days, the analogy began to take shape. Ravello was indeed a hill, magically overlooking the sea from medieval quarters. True, its countryside is filled with vineyards, not wheat fields, but that is an improvement on the story. However, what was the wave? Perhaps, the growing amount of data on cloned brain genes that threatens to engulf neurobiologists.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Giuditta
    • 1
  • Barry B. Kaplan
    • 2
  • Claire Zomzely-Neurath
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of General and Environmental PhysiologyUniversity of NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.Office of Naval Research London BranchUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-89838-814-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2321-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0897-3946
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