Neurobiology of Actin
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Neurobiology of Actin

From Neurulation to Synaptic Function
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Gianluca Gallo
567 g
253x166x25 mm
5, Advances in Neurobiology
Examining the interface between the actin cytoskeleton and the myriad issues fundamental to the understanding of the nervous system, this text covers actin's neurobiology, from its basic cellular organization and function to its roles in health and disease.
1. Introduces key issues linking the actin cytoskeleton to the nervous system
2. Chapters are written by expert researchers and cover a wide variety of topics, starting with the process of neurulation and culminating with the regulation of synaptic function
3. Presents topics in the context of clinically relevant issues related to the neurobiology of actin and disease states of the nervous system
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Neurobiology of ActinGianluca Gallo

Chapter 2: The Neuronal Actin Cytoskeleton and the Protrusion of Lamellipodia and Filopodia
Gianluca Gallo

Chapter 3: Regulation of Actin Filaments During Neurite Extension and Guidance
Paul Letourneau

Chapter 4: Functions of Myosin Motor Proteins in the Nervous System
Daniel M. Suter

Chapter 5: Microtubule-Actin Interactions During Neuronal Development
Kenneth A. Myers, Peter W. Baas

Chapter 6: Working with Actin: Methodological Approaches for the Study of Actin in Neurons
Erik W. Dent

Chapter 7: Functions of the Actin Cytoskeleton in the Early Embryology of the Nervous System
Jeffrey D. Hildebrand

Chapter 8: Actin Cytoskeletal Regulation in Neuronal Migration
M. Elizabeth Ross, Stanislav Kholmanskikh

Chapter 9: Actin and Neuronal Polarity
Annette Gärtner, Carlos G. Dotti

Chapter 10: Actin at the Synapse: Contribution to Pre and Post-synaptic Functions
Dezhi Liao

Chapter 11: Actin and Diseases of the Nervous System
Barbara W. Bernstein, Michael T. Maloney, James R. Bamburg

Chapter 12: Signal Transduction Pathways: From Receptor to the Actin Cytoskeleton
Catherine Irene Dubreuil, David L. Van Vactor
This text is an introduction to the interface between the actin cytoskeleton and the myriad of issues fundamental to the understanding of the nervous system. It covers the neurobiology of actin ranging from basic cellular organization and function to the roles of actin in the health and disease states of the nervous system. Its opening chapter presents the fundamental concepts required to appreciate the details of the molecular machinery that regulates actin in a cellular context, setting the stage for the first part of the book which reviews the neurobiology of actin at the cellular level. The latter section of the book then discusses the functions of actin in the context of neurobiological issues ranging from early development to synaptic function and disease states of the nervous system. This text is intended for neuroscientists interested in investigating the actin cytoskeleton in the context of their particular neuroscience research program, and its chapters are cross-referenced in order to assist readers in finding relevant information that is covered in greater depth in other chapters.

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