Synopses & Reviews
Eicosanoids are a diverse group of biologically active molecules derived from polyunsaturated fatty acid precursors. This volume draws together for the first time a series of overviews on the biosynthesis and functional significance of these and related compounds in a wide range of animals, plants, and micro-organisms. All chapters are written by recognized experts in their fields, and many make use of significant amounts of unpublished materials. This volume is aimed at advanced undergraduates and at researchers interested in lipid biochemistry and general plant and animal biology.
Originally published in 1999.
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Table of Contents
|Sect. I||Enzymes and factors involved in the biosynthesis of eicosanoids|
|1||Eicosanoids and related compounds: structures, nomenclature and biosynthetic pathways||3|
|2||Cyclooxygenases (prostaglandin H synthases): structure and evolutionary aspects||25|
|3||Mammalian lipoxygenases: structure, function and evolutionary aspects||47|
|4||Plant lipoxygenase: structure and mechanism||69|
|5||FLAP: structure, function and evolutionary aspects||97|
|6||Oxylipin production and action in fungi and related organisms||115|
|Sect. 2||Functional aspects|
|7||Basic functions of lipoxygenases and their products in higher plants||133|
|8||Lipoxygenases in plant development and senescence||151|
|9||Eicosanoids in animal reproduction: what can we learn from invertebrates?||183|
|10||Cardiovascular effects of eicosanoids in amphibians||197|
|11||The role of eicosanoids in the haemostatic mechanisms of fish||209|