From Molecules to Networks

From Molecules to Networks : An Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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An understanding of the nervous system at virtually any level of analysis requires an understanding of its basic building block, the neuron. The third edition of From Molecules to Networks provides the solid foundation of the morphological, biochemical, and biophysical properties of nerve cells. In keeping with previous editions, the unique content focus on cellular and molecular neurobiology and related computational neuroscience is maintained and enhanced.

All chapters have been thoroughly revised for this third edition to reflect the significant advances of the past five years. The new edition expands on the network aspects of cellular neurobiology by adding new coverage of specific research methods (e.g., patch-clamp electrophysiology, including applications for ion channel function and transmitter release; ligand binding; structural methods such as x-ray crystallography).

Written and edited by leading experts in the field, the third edition completely and comprehensively updates all chapters of this unique textbook and insures that all references to primary research represent the latest results.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 694 pages
  • 220.98 x 276.86 x 38.1mm | 2,131.87g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • black & white tables, figures
  • 0123971799
  • 9780123971791
  • 960,533

Table of contents

SECTION I. CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR 1. Cellular Components of Nervous Tissue - Patrick R. Hof, Graham Kidd, Javier DeFelipe, Jean de Vellis, Miguel A. Gama Sosa, Gregory A. Elder and Bruce D. Trapp 2. Subcellular Organization of the Nervous System: Organelles and Their Functions - Scott Brady and Peter Brophy 3. Energy Metabolism in the Brain - Gerald Dienel 4. Intracellular Signaling - Howard Schulman 5. Regulation of Neuronal Gene Expression and Protein Synthesis - Cristina Alberini and Eric Klann 6. Modeling and Analysis of Intracellular Signaling Pathways - Paul D. Smolen, Douglas A. Baxter and John H. Byrne 7. Pharmacology and Biochemistry of Synaptic Transmission: Classical Transmitters - Ariel Y. Deutch and Robert H. Roth 8. Nonclassic Signaling in the Brain - Ariel Y. Deutch, Andrea Giuffrida and James L. Roberts 9. Connexin- and Pannexin-Based Channels in the Nervous System: Gap Junctions and More - Juan C. Saez and Bruce Nicholson 10. Neurotransmitter Receptors - M. Neal Waxham 11. Molecular Properties of Ion Channels - Jason Tien, Yuh Nung Jan and Lily Yeh Jan

SECTION II. PHYSIOLOGY OF ION CHANNELS, EXCITABLE MEMBRANES AND SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION 12. Membrane Potential and Action Potential - David A. McCormick 13. Biophysics of Voltage-Gated Ion Channels - Diane Lipscombe 14. Dynamical Properties of Excitable Membranes - Douglas A. Baxter and John H. Byrne 15. Release of Neurotransmitters - Robert S. Zucker, Dimitri M. Kullmann and Pascal S. Kaeser 16. Postsynaptic Potentials and Synaptic Integration - John H. Byrne 17. Cable Properties and Information Processing in Dendrites - Michael Beierlein

SECTION III. INTEGRATION 18. Synaptic Plasticity - Ruth Heidelberger, Harel Shouval, Robert S. Zucker and John H. Byrne 19. Information Processing in Neural Networks - James J. Knierim 20. Learning and Memory: Basic Mechanisms - John H. Byrne, Kevin S. LeBar, Joseph LeDoux, Glenn E. Schafe and Richard F. Thompson 21. Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disease - Monica Gireud, Natalie Sirisaengtaksin and Andrew J. Bean
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"Jack Byrne is unique in neuroscience. He is at once a first class experimentalist, bringing to bear a variety of cellular, molecular and imaging approaches to study the mechanisms of learning and memory storage. Here his work has led to a number of penetrating insights, including the first demonstration of operant conditioning in Aplysia . But in addition, what makes Byrne's thinking and work so unique, is that it combines these experimental techniques with realistic and creative mathematical modeling to determine the extent to which the observed processes and interactions are sufficient to explain the behavior of systems he studies.

This has led to his finding a series of paradigms for enhancing memory storage that are quite remarkable. The Third Edition of From Molecules to Networks is eloquent testimony to this synthesis, the experimental and theoretical and to Jack Byrne's extraordinary teaching capability, and to his ability to explain science to both students and scientists for which he was recently awarded the National Neuroscience Educational Award." --Eric R. Kandel, MD, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University, NY, USA

"Meshing together the diverse elements of neuroscience, from molecules to man, is one of the great challenges of brain science. Conveying the integrated story to readers coherently is a major task. This third edition of the now classic From Molecules to Networks text accomplishes all of this with elegance, even better than the preceding two volumes. It will be of inestimable value to student and professional alike." --Soloman H. Snyder, MD, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

"Like the previous two editions, this new edition from Byrne, Heidelberger and Waxham is a joy to read: The volume is beautifully produced, the figures make their points perfectly, and the authors of the various chapters are not only experts in their fields, but also have the knack of explaining things clearly. The two best things about this book, though, are that it is completely up-to-date with an emphasis that matches excitement of the field, and that the book's structure, from molecules to neural circuits, emphasizes organizational principles rather than the more traditional treatment according to a list of neural systems." --Charles F. Stevens, MD, PhD, Professor, The Salk Institute, San Diego, CA, USA
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"John H. Byrne and James L. Roberts, who treated us to a superb textbook in their first edition of From Molecules to Networks, have now returned with another outstanding effort in the second edition. They have not only updated their comprehensive book but added to it important new sections on the molecular biology of neurological disorders and on the logic of informational processing by neural networks, the two key themes emerging in modern neuroscience. This book will be welcomed by students and experienced scientists alike as a coherent and valuable resource on cellular and molecular neuroscience." -Eric R. Kandel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA

"The world of neuroscience is extraordinarily broad and complex, ranging from molecular biology through neurotransmission to neuronal networks and brain disease. How can one convey to the student and professional coherently the `big picture' without sacrificing critical detail? In the second edition of their now classic volume, John Byrne and James Roberts accomplish this task with rigor, elegance and, remarkable lucidity...The volume will be indispensable both for student and advanced researcher ..." -Solomon H Snyder, Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

"The development of systems biology across all of biological sciences has underlined the need for a neuroscience book whose goal is to span the range from molecular mechanisms to the neural substrate of behavior. The first edition of Byrne and Roberts was ahead of its time in doing what has now become the fashion. That was a wonderful book, and the second edition is even better. A `must have'." -Charles F. Stevens, Professor and Vincent J. Coates Chair in Molecular Neurobiology, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, USA

"This second edition brings up to date a superb neuroscience book, further enhancing its unique original strength-elegance thoroughness, and clarity, contextually presented." -Rodolfo Llinas, Thomas and Susanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, USA
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About Ruth Heidelberger

The June and Virgil Waggoner Professor and Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Byrne is an internationally acclaimed Neuroscientist. He received his PhD under the direction of Noble Prize winner, Eric Kandel. Dr. Byrne is a prolific author and Editor-in-Chief of Learning and Memory (CSHP). Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Heidelberger is an accomplished cellular neurophysiologist specializing in mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. She received her doctoral training under the guidance of Gary Matthews and her postdoctoral training under the direction of Nobel Laureate Erwin Neher. Dr. Heidelberger is a former president and executive board member of the Biophysical Society's Subgroup on Exocytosis and Endocytosis and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurophysiology. She has directed and taught graduate-level courses in cellular neurophysiology and membrane biophysics for more than a decade. The William Wheless III Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Waxham's multi-disciplinary laboratory focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic function and plasticity. He has developed and directed graduate-level courses in cellular and molecular neurobiology for more than two decades.
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