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Comparative Invertebrate Neurochemistry

  • G. G. Lunt
  • R. W. Olsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Amira T. Eldefrawi, Mohyee E. Eldefrawi
    Pages 1-41
  3. Ian R. Duce
    Pages 42-89
  4. Timothy N. Robinson, Richard W. Olsen
    Pages 90-123
  5. Nicholas Platt, Stuart E. Reynolds
    Pages 175-226
  6. David J. Beadle
    Pages 227-255
  7. Eliahu Zlotkin
    Pages 256-324
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 325-327

About this book

Introduction

The attractions of invertebrate nervous systems have long been appreciated by neurophysiologists. Indeed some of the milestones in our understanding of nervous systems have their foundations in experiments done on invertebrate preparations, typified by the role of the squid axon in dissect­ ing the events that constitute the action potential. More recently we have seen how the relatively simple nervous system of Aplysia has permitted new insights into the molecular mechanisms of memory and learning. Neurochemists, however, have not been enthusiastic about invertebrate tissues as their experimental material. Much of the biochemical information on invertebrate nervous systems that has accrued has been incidental, almost as a by-product of what were primarily physiological investigations. Fortunately the field is changing, and research groups are making a positive choice to turn to invertebrate tissues. Two important factors have contributed to this. First, the study of analogous systems in invertebrates and vertebrates can tell us much about the evolution of nervous systems. The application of the techniques of molecular genetics to the study of such molecules as receptors and ion channels can provide detailed information about their composition that, in turn, allows us to better understand their function. By extending such studies to the invertebrates we should be able to understand how such systems have developed. Secondly, invertehrate pests are responsible for enormous losses of agricultural crops and are major vectors of disease in man.

Keywords

Evolution nervous system neurochemistry

Editors and affiliations

  • G. G. Lunt
    • 1
  • R. W. Olsen
    • 2
  1. 1.BathUK
  2. 2.Los AngelesUSA

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