Beyond Neurotransmission: Neuromodulation and its Importance for Information Processing

Hardcover | August 15, 1999

EditorPaul Katz

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There are many modes of communication that neurons use to transmit information besides what has come to be called neurotransmission. Many of these other types of communication can be classified as neuromodulatory, where instead of conveying excitation or inhibition, the signal from one neuronchanges the properties of other neurons or synapses. This form of neuronal communication is often overlooked by systems physiologists, but it is extremely prevalent in the nervous system and needs to be included in any description of how the nervous system processes information. This bookprovides the foundations for understanding the cellular and molecular basis for neuromodulatory effects. It illustrates some key examples of the roles played by neuromodulation in sensory processing, neuromuscular transmission, generation of motor behaviours, and learning. Finally, the book seeksto point out areas that are likely to be of importance in the future study of information processing by the nervous system. For neurobiology students and researchers, the book summarizes a vast amount of research, and puts it into the context of how these cellular mechanisms are used in systems ofneurons. By spanning the levels of analysis from sub-cellular mechanisms through cellular properties and neuronal systems to behaviour, the book provides a framework for understanding this currently exploding field of research. It is accessible to anyone with a basic understanding of neurobiology,but is in depth enough to satisfy readers who are very familiar with the field.

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There are many modes of communication that neurons use to transmit information besides what has come to be called neurotransmission. Many of these other types of communication can be classified as neuromodulatory, where instead of conveying excitation or inhibition, the signal from one neuronchanges the properties of other neurons or ...

Paul Katz, Department of Biology, Georgia State University, PO Box 4010, Atlanta, GA 30302, USA Tel. 1-404-651-0922 Fax. 1-404-651-2509 Email: pkatz@gsu.edu

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Katz: What are we talking about? Modes of neuronal communication2. Trimmer: The messenger is not the message; or is it?3. Jonas and Kaczmarek: The inside story: subcellular mechanisms of neuromodulation4. Turrigiano: Message received: Cellular responses to neuromodulatory signals5. Philpot, Bear, Abraham: Metaplasticity: the plasticity of synaptic plasticity6. Mercer: Changing the way we perceive things: sensory systems modulation7. Hooper et al: Flexibility of Muscle Control by Modulation of Muscle Properties8. Kiehn and Katz: Making circuits dance: Neuromodulation of motor systems9. Hasselmo and Linster: Neuromodulation and memory function10. Katz and Edwards: Metamodulation: The control and modulation of neuromodulation