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Thoroughly updated, incorporating around 25 % new material, Sewald/Jakubke remains the only modern and scientifically up-to-date advanced textbook on peptide biochemistry, distilling the knowledge of hundreds of publications into a highly readable synopsis of this diverse field. The authors explain the broad fundamentals of peptide synthesis and structure, systematically addressing important families of biologically active peptides, and adopting an interdisciplinary approach that covers application areas in biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, and biomedicine. One major focus is on such "hot" research topics as pseudopeptides, peptidomimetics, and combinatorial synthesis. This new edition also features study questions for each learning unit, for easier self-study and classroom teaching.
Thoroughly updated, incorporating around 25 % new material, Sewald/Jakubke remains the only modern and scientifically up-to-date advanced textbook on peptide biochemistry, distilling the knowledge of hundreds of publications into a highly readable synopsis of this diverse field. The authors explain the broad fundamentals of peptide synthesis and structure, systematically addressing important families of biologically active peptides, and adopting an interdisciplinary approach that covers application areas in biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, and biomedicine. One major focus is on such "hot" research topics as pseudopeptides, peptidomimetics, and combinatorial synthesis. This new edition also features study questions for each learning unit, for easier self-study and classroom teaching.
From the first and second sessions on peptide hormones and neuropeptides, one can gain an appreciation of the role to be fulfilled by peptide hormone analogs in medicine. There does not seem to be a single bioactive peptide family for which a therapeutic role is not envisioned at this time. Most interesting is the fact that short analogs as well as cyclic analogs, with structures that are often quite dissimilar from that of the parent native hormone, are being considered as potential drugs. Increased potency and duration of action generally result from these structural modifications. In the third session, emphasis is put on one's recognition of the ever-growing role of lipid membranes in modulating biological expression. Refinement of one's understanding of the bioactive conformation of a peptide is paramount for allowing rational design. Only sophisticated techniques such as NMR in different solvent systems, coupled to molecular modeling in different environments, and X-ray crystallography will yield the information needed to gain an appreciation of the bioactive conformation of a peptide.
Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine of Neurohypophyseal Hormones and Their Analogs, Volume 8 covers the advances in methods to study peptide hormone action at the molecular level. The book discusses the anatomy, physiology, and clinical disorders of the neurohypophysis; the biosynthesis of neurohypophyseal peptides; and the structure-activity relationships of neurohypophyseal peptides, with an emphasis on the role of conformational features. The text also describes conformational studies of neurohypophyseal hormones by physical chemical techniques; the central nervous system effects of neurohypophyseal peptides; and the effects of neurohypophyseal hormones on the kidney. The effects of neurohypophyseal hormones on the cardiovascular systems are also considered. Chemists, neurobiologists, and people involved in the study of neurohypophyseal hormones will find the book invaluable.

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