Functional Avian Endocrinology

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Alistair Dawson, P. J. Sharp
Alpha Science Int'l Ltd., 2005 - 447 Seiten
Functional Avian Endocrinology provides a comprehensive review of the current state of research into all aspects relating to hormones in birds, how they respond and adapt to their natural environment, and domestic poultry, aimed at improving commercial production and breeding.

Many of the advances in avian endocrinology have been possible through the development of research tools. Perhaps the most important and recent of these is DNA microarray technology, which makes it possible to identify novel genes underlying endocrine function.

The first section of this book describes this technique and illustrates the way this technology is being used to open up new opportunities for avian endocrinologists. Further sections cover neuroendocrinology, behaviour, seasonality, reproduction, stress, ontogeny of the endocrine system, and the possible consequences of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
 

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Genomic tools for endocrine research
3
Functional genomics of the avian pineal gland
11
Transcriptional profiling in liver of hormonally
27
Gene expression profiling in the developing
45
Gonadotrophin releasing and inhibiting hormones
57
Structure action and functional significance of GnIH
73
GnRH dependent?
83
GnRH photorefractoriness and breeding
97
Stress hormones
223
Endocrine disrupting chemicals
271
Impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on sexual
299
Ovarian growth and differentiation factors
311
The inhibinactivin system and ovarian folliculo
323
Behaviour and reproductive strategies
339
Activitydependent regulation of seasonal neuro
351
Modulation of steroiddependent male sexual
361

Reproductive neuroendocrine circuitry
113
The possible role of the lateral septal organ in
129
Photoperiodic time measurement
141
xii
151
Effects of food availability on the reproductive system
167
Nonphotoperiodic seasonality in a tropical songbird
181
Functions of melatonin
191
Melatonin regulation of clock genes in birds
215
Evolution of plasticity in hormonallyintegrated
375
Hormonal interactions during development
387
Ocular pituitary hormones in the chick embryo
403
CRH control of thyroid function in the chicken
415
Differential regulation of intracellular thyroid
427
Author Index
437
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