Inhibition of Polyamine Metabolism

Author: Peter McCann
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0323152325
Format: PDF, ePub
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Inhibition of Polyamine Metabolism: Biological Significance and Basis for New Therapies provides an overview of the field concerning polyamine biosynthesis inhibitors. The book is comprised of chapters which describe the compounds which are in use; the rationale for the design of such inhibitors; their synthesis and action; their biological effects on mammalian cells and tissues, plants, and microorganisms including protozoal parasites; and a review of the clinical experience with these inhibitors. The major beneficial effect which the wide availability of these inhibitors has had on the field of polyamine research in general is likewise demonstrated. Biochemists, pharmacologist, and cellular physiologists will find this text very useful.

Progress in Polyamine Research

Author: V. Zappia
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1468456377
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book contains the scientific contributions presented at an International Symposium held in Sorrento, Italy, in June 1988 under the auspices of the University of Naples, the Italian Society of Biochemistry, and the National Research Council. The modern history of polyamines dates back to 1958 when the Tabors and Rosenthal first described the outlines of their biological synthesis. From then on, and particularly in the last ten years, a veri table explosion of Literature, characterized by thousands of papers, has witnessed the interest of the scientific community toward these molecules. Perhaps the old statement that "polyamines are molecules in search of a function" is no longer true today. A large number of effects exerted by these simple molecules are well known, and in many cases the mechanisms underlying these effects have been elucidated. The first section of the volume is entirely devoted to the enzymology and molecular biology of ornithine decarboxylase. Since its discovery by Gale more than forty years ago, this can be considered among the most widely studied enzymes in biology, and one of the most complex models in enzyme regulation. The mechanism of control of the enzyme activity at the transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational levels, as well as the fine regulation by antizyme, are discussed in detail. The second group of contributions deals wi th AdoMet decarboxylase, propylamine transferase, polyamine oxidase and the other enzymes related to polyamine interconversion and regeneration.

Progress in Human African Trypanosomiasis Sleeping Sickness

Author: Michel Dumas
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 2817808576
Format: PDF, Docs
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Human African Trypaniosomiasis (HAT) or sleeping sickness is an old disease to be now considered as reemergent. HAT is endemic in 36 sub-Saharan African countries, in areas where tsetse flies are found. The public health importance of HAT is underestimated, but the disease causes severe social disruption in many rural areas. Along the past fifteen years, numerous studies were made, and now, the mechanisms involved in the disease pathogenesis and in the characteristics of sleep-wake disruption become to be better understood. But, since 50 years, when current drugs were introduced, problems regarding HAT chemotherapy have not been solved. Nevertheless, in-depth studies about trypanosome metabolism have permitted to discover new drug targets. Written by specialists who are very experienced in their respective fields, the contributions provide an indispensable tool for practitioners and scientists.

The Prostate as an Endocrine Gland

Author: Richard J. Ablin
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780849353642
Format: PDF, Docs
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This unique publication illustrates that the prostate elaborates an array of local hormones or "autocoids" and how these influence prostatic growth, function and oncogenesis. It describes how familiarity with these participants and how they effect the character and direction of prostatic function may suggest diagnostic markers of malfunction and new sites and modes of therapeutic intervention. The catholic scope and authorship of the work seeks to integrate the views of those urologists, reproductive physiologists and endocrinologists who presently work with the prostate. It attempts to show all other biologists the full range of the gland's activities and participating molecules. Included are: oncogenes, mitogens, polyamines, prostaglandins, growth factors, antigens, and the familiar steroid, peptide and protein hormones. This volume is unique in its point of view and in the new concepts it presents. Addressed are actions of spermine-binding protein and osteoblastic mitogens, consequences of inhibin/thyrotropin-releasing hormone balance, and urokinase effects. Covered also are androgen modulation of vasoactive intestinal polypeptides, evidence of a prostatolymphoreticular system, secretion of dihydrotestosterone, and a model of the inter-dependence of prostatic epithelium and stroma. This unique new volume is of great value to those in urology, internal medicine, physiology, endocrinology and pharmacology.

Goodman Gilman s the Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

Author: Louis Sanford Goodman
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Format: PDF, Docs
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For more than fifty years, scientists, clinicians, & students have relied on "Goodman & Gilman for the final word on the pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action & therapeutic application of drugs. This edition sustains that proud tradition & infuses the latest information on molecular pharmacology as it redefines the definite database of pharmacologic therapeutics. As a course text or a daily reference in clinical practice, "G & G" offers the optimal mix of basic science & clinical coverage as it pertains to effective drug therapy.