Aging of the Autonomic Nervous System is the first book devoted to the aging of the autonomic nervous system. The book presents the most recent findings on topics such as general aspects of the autonomic nervous system, main neurotransmitter systems, age-dependent changes of neuroeffector mechanisms in target organs, and therapeutic perspectives. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the possible consequences of these findings. Aging of the Autonomic Nervous System will be a useful volume for gerontologists and neuroscientists.
General Aspects: Autonomic Centers and Pathways: Age-related Changes (P. Shaw, F. Ferrante, F. Amenta). The Peripheral Nerve (D. Zaccheo). Age-induced Changes in the Mammalian Autonomic and Sensory Ganglia (J.A. Vega, B. Calzada, M.E. Del Valle). Main Neurotransmitter Systems: Circulating Catecholamines and Aging (O. Kuchel and G. Kuchel). Sensory Neuropeptides and Aging (P. Geppetti). Effect of Age on the Response of Target Organs to Autonomic Neurotransmitters (J.R. Docherty). Age-Dependent Changes of Neuroeffector Mechanisms in Target Organs of the Autonomic Nervous System: Changes in the Effect of the Autonomic Nervous System on the Aging Heart (J. Roberts, D.L. Snyder, M.D. Johnson, and J. Horwitz). Influence of Age on Neuroeffector Mechanisms of the Vasculature (S.P. Duckles). The Respiratory System (C. Brink). Enteric System (R.M. Santer and D.M. Baker). Renal Autonomic Neuroeffector Mechanisms in Aging (A. Ricci). Noradrenergic Sympathetic Innervation of Lymphoid Organs during Development, Aging and in Autoimmune Disease (D.L. Bellinger, S.Y. Felten, K.D. Ackerman, D. Lorton, K.S. Madden, D.L. Felten). Autonomic Neuroeffector Mechanisms in the Reproductive and Endocrine Systems: Age-related Changes (W.L. Collier). Clinical and Therapeutic Perspectives: Age-related Disorders of the Autonomic Nervous System (P. Calabresi, L.M. Cupini, N.B. Mercuri, and G. Bernardi). Therapeutic Implications of Age-related Changes in the Autonomic Nervous System (G.A. Ford and B.B. Hoffman).