Two neurohypophysial neurohormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, exert a variety of central and peripheral actions and thus involve different scientific domains, which too often, even today, do not always find the appropriate occasion to interact. This volume is composed of chapters dealing with topics varying from basic and clinical neurosciences and neuroendocrinology, to reproductive, renal, cardiovascular physiology and pathology. It encompasses all areas of current neurohypophysial research and should be of vital interest as an integrative reference volume to specialized investigators and as an excellent introductory text to students, scientists and clinicians not yet closely familiar with the field. To ensure novelty and to make sure that all topics of current importance were covered, plenary and symposium speakers as well as poster presentations concentrated on recent advances made in the last few years.
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(A.B. Brussaard, J.J. Koksma). 4. Cholesterol and steroid hormones: modulators of oxytocin receptor function
(G. Gimpl et al.). 5. Central vasopressin systems and steroid hormones (A. Kalsbeek, I.F. Palm, R.M. Buijs). 6. Regulation of renal salt and water transporters during vasopressin escape (C.A. Ecelbarger et al.). 7. Stretch-inactivated cation channels: cellular targets for modulation of osmosensitivity in supraoptic neurons (C.W. Bourque, D.L. Voisin, Y. Chakfe). 8. Glial cells in the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system: key elements of the regulation of neuronal electrical and secretory activity (N. Hussy). 9. Functional synaptic plasticity in hypothalamic magnocellular neurons (J.G. Tasker, S. Di, C. Boudaba). 10. Post synaptic GABAB receptors in supraoptic oxytocin and vasopressin neurons (J.E. Stern, Y. Li, D.S. Richards). 11. Neurohypophyseal hormones in the integration of physiological responses to immune challenges
(K.J. Kovács). 12. Involvement of the brain oxytocin system in stress coping: interactions with the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (I.D. Neumann). 13. Expression of human vasopressin and oxytocin receptors in Escherichia coli(B. Mouillac et al.). 14. Molecular pharmacology and modeling of vasopressin receptors (M. Thibonnier et al.). 15. Nonpeptide vasopressin receptor antagonists: development of selective and orally-active V1A, V2 and V1B receptor ligands (C. Serradeil-Le Gal et al.). 16. Rat vasopressin mRNA: a model system to characterize cis-acting elements and trans-acting factors involved in dendritic mRNA sorting (E. Mohr et al.). 17. Dendritic action potentials in magnocellular neurons (J.S. Bains). 18. Modulation of synaptic transmission by oxytocin and vasopressin in the supraoptic nucleus (S.B. Kombian et al.). 19. The active role of dendrites in the regulation of magnocellular neurosecretory cell behavior (M. Ludwig et al.). 20. Cardiovascular regulation of supraoptic vasopressin neurons (J.T. Cunningham et al.). 21. The central vasopressinergic system in experimental left ventricular hypertrophy and dysfunction (F. Muders et al.). 22. Cardiovascular effects of oxytocin (M. Petersson). 23. Treatment of the diabetic patient: focus on cardiovascular and renal risk reduction (K.C. Abbott, G.L.K. Bakris). 24. Oxytocin in parturition of guinea pigs, humans and other species
(J.-C. Schellenberg). 25. Oxytocin, vasopressin and atrial natriuretic peptide control body fluid homeostasis by action on their receptors in brain, cardiovascular system and kidney
(S.M. McCann et al.). 26. Positive and negative regulators of the vasopressin gene promoter in small cell lung cancer (J.M. Coulson). 27. The vasopressin receptor of corticotroph pituitary cells (P. René, Y. De Keyzer). 28. Involvement of oxytocin and vasopressin in the pathophysiology of preterm labor and primary dysmenorrhea (M. Åkerlund). Subject Index.