An introduction to chemical mediators

Bullock, Shane (2004) An introduction to chemical mediators. In: Galbraith, Alan, Bullock, Shane, and Manias, Elizabeth, (eds.) Fundamentals of Pharmacology: a text for nurses and allied health professionals. Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, NSW, pp. 282-285.

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[Extract] Chemical messenger systems are an integral part of body regulation and coordination, allowing effective cell-to-cell communication throughout the body. Broadly speaking, the substances involved in cell-to-cell signalling are known as chemical mediators. Substances as diverse as neurotransmitters, hormones, growth factors, peptides and derivatives of cell membranes are examples of chemical mediators involved in cell communication. The means by which they communicate with cells may vary greatly and result in quite different cellular responses. Chemical mediators are involved in diverse functions, such as cognition, motor control, mood, motility, stress responses, cell proliferation and specialisation, as well as pain transmission. Chemical mediators also play significant roles in pathophysiological processes.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-1-74103-144-7
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 01:16
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