Role of Melatonin and Pineal Peptides in Neuroimmunomodulation

  • Franco Fraschini
  • Russel J. Reiter

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 204)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Morphology

    1. M. Alvarez-Uría, C. Diaz, J. M. López, J. Tolivia, R. J. Reiter
      Pages 1-13
  3. Biochemistry

  4. Melatonin Receptors

    1. S. F. Pang, H. Yuan, Z. H. Yu, X. L. Wang, P. L. Tang, M. Y. C. Yau et al.
      Pages 107-116
    2. Bojidar Stankov, Valeria Lucini, Francesco Scaglione, Bruno Cozzi, Marco Righi, Gianfranco Canti et al.
      Pages 117-125
    3. Peter P. N. Lee, G. X. Hong, S. F. Pang
      Pages 127-136
  5. Physiology

    1. P. Pévet, B. Vivien-Roels, M. Masson-Pévet
      Pages 147-157
    2. S. Steinlechner, A. Stieglitz, T. Ruf, G. Heldmaier, R. J. Reiter
      Pages 159-163
    3. Franco Fraschini, Francesco Scaglione, Daniele Esposti, Germana Demartini, Valeria Lucini, Bojidar Stankov
      Pages 165-172
    4. J. Cipolla-Neto, R. P. Markus, D. S. P. Abdalla, A. Campa
      Pages 181-184
    5. Armando Menendez-Pelaez, Mary K. Vaughan, Delio Tolivia, Carmen Rodriguez, Russel J. Reiter
      Pages 185-190
  6. Immunology

    1. Georges J. M. Maestroni, Ario Conti
      Pages 201-210
    2. Alberto E. Panerai, Mauro Bianchi, Luisa Locatelli, Ismaela Ciciliato, Francesca Rubboli, Paola Sacerdote
      Pages 211-217
    3. Vladimir A. Lesnikov, Elena N. Isaeva, Elena A. Korneva, Walter Pierpaoli
      Pages 225-231
  7. Oncology

    1. David E. Blask, Samuel Cos, Steven M. Hill, Danny M. Burns, Athena Lemus-Wilson, David S. Grosso
      Pages 233-240
    2. Michal Karasek, Franco Fraschini
      Pages 243-251
  8. Clinical Studies

    1. P. Lissoni, S. Barni, G. Cattaneo, C. Archili, F. Rovelli, R. Rescaldani et al.
      Pages 273-279
    2. M. Terzolo, A. Piovesan, G. Osella, M. Torta, G. Borretta, T. Buniva et al.
      Pages 293-300
    3. Maija-Liisa Laakso, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen, Dag Stenberg, Aino Alila
      Pages 307-311
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 313-329

About this book


Research related to the pineal gland has advanced rapidly in the last three decades since the discovery of its most important hormone, melatonin. This indoleamine has been shown to have a large variety of effects in the organism; the bulk of these actions were initially thought to relate the pineal gland to the reproductive and endocrine systems. It is now apparent, however, that the physiologic interactions of the pineal and its hormones far transcend its control of endocrine function. One field of pineal research that has developed rapidly within the last 5 years has been the demonstration of its relationship to the immune system. Since the pineal gland is part of the central nervous system, these observations generally fall in the category of neuroimmunology, an area that, in its own right, has received a great deal of attention in the last decade. Thus, a NATO Advanced Study Course entitled "Role of Melatonin and Pineal Pep tides in Neuroimmunomodulation" was convened in Erice, Sicily, on June 3-9, 1990. This book is a result of the scientific presentations given at the workshop. The contributions to the book include mini-review articles which summarized the presentations of the invited speakers as well as a selected number of brief communications where the subject matter was in line with the theme of the Advanced Study Course.


attention central nervous system immune system immunology nervous system

Editors and affiliations

  • Franco Fraschini
    • 1
  • Russel J. Reiter
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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