Functional Morphology of the Endocrine Heart

  • Editors
  • W.-G. Forssmann
  • D. W. Scheuermann
  • J. Alt
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-N6
  2. R. P. Thompson, J. Göbel, J. R. Lindroth, M. G. Currie
    Pages 1-11
  3. J. Göbel, H. Back, K. Forssmann, C. Daffner, W. E. Stumpf, W. G. Forssmann
    Pages 43-49
  4. A. Aoki, C. A. Maldonado, W. G. Forssmann
    Pages 61-68
  5. W. M. Herbst, G. Mall, J. Weers, T. Mattfeldt, R. E. Lang, W. G. Forssmann
    Pages 75-82
  6. M. Reinecke, D. Betzler, H. Segner, W. G. Forssmann
    Pages 87-93
  7. W. E. Stumpf, H. Back, W. G. Forssmann
    Pages 95-102
  8. D. Hock
    Pages 103-111
  9. J. Schnermann, J. P. Briggs
    Pages 113-122
  10. M. G. Currie, C. E. Lofton, H. Schomer, W. H. Newman, R. W. Wrenn, W. F. Oehlenschlager
    Pages 123-132
  11. G. Rippegather
    Pages 145-152
  12. A. J. G. Riegger, D. Elsner, F. Muders, E. Pascher, E. P. Kromer
    Pages 153-159
  13. P. Weidmann, H. Saxenhofer, C. Ferrier, S. G. Shaw
    Pages 161-185
  14. U. Feuerbach, K. Völker, H. Bittner, W. G. Forssmann, W. Hollmann
    Pages 187-190
  15. A. M. Vollmar, R. M. Arendt, R. Schulz
    Pages 199-203
  16. A. Timnik, J. Weil, M. Brügmann, T. Strom, M. Haufe, J. M. Heim et al.
    Pages 205-210
  17. G. Brabant, H. Stegner, A. Lueg, D. Stolze, R. Brunkhorst, F. W. Schmidt et al.
    Pages 211-218
  18. M. Gagelmann, K. Forssmann, A. Whalley, G. A. J. Riegger, W. G. Forssmann
    Pages 225-228
  19. A. L. Gerbes, R. M. Arendt, E. Stangl, V. Gülberg, T. Sauerbruch, D. Jüngst et al.
    Pages 229-234

About these proceedings


In 1956, Bruno Kisch (90) discovered a special form of myocyte in the guinea pig heart atrium which contained peculiar, dense inclusions, but it was not before the early 1980s that cardiac hormones were isolated and characterized independently and almost simultaneously by several working groups. In 1964 Jamieson and Palade (84) were the first to postulate the secretory nature of the atrial myocytes and their specific granules. In 1976, Marie et al. (103) revealed the relation of the granular index of these atrial cells with the water- electrolyte balance of the body fluid. The biological effects of purified atrial extracts, i. e. , the diuretic and vasorelaxant effects, were detected in the early 1980s, (26,35,38,56). Now, a series of polypeptides, of the same family, and all derived from a homologous precursor in the different species are know to exert the diuretic and vasorelaxant effects. This development of the discovery of a peptide hormone is unparalleled in the sense that it was mostly morphologists who contributed to the final characterization of these cardiac hormones. Thus, it was a great honor for us to be given the opportunity on the occasion of the 8th European Anatomical Congress to organize a special satellite symposium on the rapidly growing field of research in cardiac endocrinology. The symposium "Functional Endocrinology of the Endocrine Heart" was planned as an interdisciplinary meeting to enable anatomists to follow recent advances in cardiac endocrinology.


cells endocrinology heart hormone morphology

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