Evolution of Visual and Non-visual Pigments

Description

Photopigments are molecules that react to light and mediate a number of processes and behaviours in animals. Visual pigments housed within the photoreceptors of the eye, such as the rods and cones in vertebrates are the best known, however, visual pigments are increasingly being found in other tissues, including other retinal cells, the skin and the brain. Other closely related molecules from the G protein family, such as melanopsin mediate light driven processes including circadian rhythmicity and pupil constriction. This Volume examines the enormous diversity of visual pigments and traces the evolution of these G protein coupled receptors in both invertebrates and vertebrates in the context of the visual and non-visual demands dictated by a species' ecological niche.

Details

Author(s)
David M. Hunt, Mark W. Hankins, Shaun P. Collin, N. Justin Marshall
Format
Hardback | 276 pages
Dimensions
155 x 235 x 17.53mm | 6,017g
Publication date
01 Nov 2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
2014 ed.
Illustrations note
46 Illustrations, color; 16 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 276 p. 62 illus., 46 illus. in color.
ISBN10
1461443547
ISBN13
9781461443544