The three volumes on "The Melanotropic Peptides" are the outcome of a conference of the same name that was held in Tucson, Arizona, from October 11-12, 1986. The format of the three volumes provides a complete coverage of what is known about the Melanotropic Peptides. Volume I provides information on the source, synthesis, chemistry, mechanism of secretion, control of secretion, and the circulation and metabolism of the melanotropic peptides.
1. The Melanotropic Peptides- An Introduction 2. Melanotropins- Pars Intermedia Structure and Secretion 3. Pituitary Melanotropin Biosynthesis 4. The Melanotropic Peptides- Structure and Chemistry 5. Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone in the Central Nervous System 6. The Pro-Opiomelanocortin Gene in Xenopus Laevis- Structure, Expression and Evolutionary Aspects 7. Regulation of Pro-Opiomelanocortin Biosynthesis in the Amphibian and Mouse Pituitary Intermediate Lobe 8. Pro-Opiomelanocortin in the Amphibian Pars Intermedia- a Neuroendocrine Model System 9. Multihormonal Control of Melanotropin Secretion in Cold-Blooded Vertebrates 10. Melotropin Enzymology 11. Peripheral and Central Pharmacokinetics of the Melanotropins