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Nerve-Driven Immunity

Neurotransmitters and Neuropeptides in the Immune System


´Nerve-Driven Immunity: Neurotransmitters and Neuropeptides in the Immune System´ summarizes, analyzes and sheds new light on an unrecognized, yet very important role of key neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in the immune system. Each chapter of the book deals with a specific neurotransmitter/neuropeptide from the following list: Dopamine, Adrenaline, Noradrenaline , Acetylcholine, Glutamate, GABA, Somatostatin, Neuropeptide Y (NPY), Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide ( VIP), Calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), Opioids and Cannabinoids. For each of these neurotransmitters/neuropeptides, at least four topics are discussed: 1) Its specific receptors expressed in various types of immune cells; 2) Its direct effects, and the specific immune responses it activates/elevates or inhibits in various types of immune cells; 3) Its production in, and release by, various types of immune cells; 4) Its involvement in various diseases of the immune system. The book includes many original figures, overview tables, and suggested schemes of events which are very instrumental, enriching and stimulating for the reader. It is very suitable as a textbook for new courses in Immunology, Neurology, Neuro-immunology and Pharmacology, on ´Neurotransmitters in the Immune System.´ ´Nerve-Driven Immunity´ is a term that has been coined by Dr. Mia Levite (the editor of the book).



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