Stem Cell Regulators, 1st Edition

Stem Cell Regulators, 1st Edition,Gerald Litwack,ISBN9780123860156

Vitamins and Hormones

G Litwack   

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  • Longest running series published by Academic Press
  • Contributions by leading international authorities


First published in 1943, Vitamins and Hormones is the longest-running serial published by Academic Press. The Editorial Board now reflects expertise in the field of hormone action, vitamin action, X-ray crystal structure, physiology and enzyme mechanisms.

Under the capable and qualified editorial leadership of Dr. Gerald Litwack, Vitamins and Hormones continues to publish cutting-edge reviews of interest to endocrinologists, biochemists, nutritionists, pharmacologists, cell biologists and molecular biologists. Others interested in the structure and function of biologically active molecules like hormones and vitamins will, as always, turn to this series for comprehensive reviews by leading contributors to this and related disciplines.

This volume focuses on stem cell regulators.


Researchers, faculty, and graduate students interested in cutting-edge review concerning the molecular and cellular biology of vitamins, hormones, and related factors and co-factors. Libraries and laboratories at institutes with strong programs in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, gene regulation, hormone control, and signal transduction are likely to be interested.

Gerald Litwack

Following a liberal arts education with a major in chemistry and biology at Hobart College, Gerald (Gerry) Litwack earned M.S. and PhD degrees in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he served as a Lecturer in Enzymology before starting a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at the Biochemical Institute of the Sorbonne in Paris. His first academic position was assistant professor of biochemistry at Rutgers University where he started his work on hormone action for six years. During this period, he did a sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley, where he concentrated on rapid enzyme kinetics. In 1960 he accepted an offer of an associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine. In 1964, he was invited to be full professor of biochemistry at The Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at Temple Medical School, simultaneously with a Career Development Award from the NIH, where he later was named Deputy Director of the Institute and the Laura H. Carnell Professor in biochemistry. Subsequently, he was given the Faculty Research Award. He co-discovered ligandin, later found to be in the family of glutathione S-transferases, enzymes that protect the body from carcinogens. In 1991, he moved to the Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University as Professor of Biochemistry, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Deputy Director of the Kimmel Cancer Research Institute. Later, he became chair of the combined Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and concurrently held the position of Vice Dean for Research. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles and from 2004-2006 was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Biological Chemistry of the Geffen School of Medicine and, in this period, wrote “Human Biochemistry and Disease” a volume of 1254 pages. In 2007, he moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, as Founding Chair of Basic Sciences and Acting Associate Dean for Research to start a new medical school, The Commonwealth Medical College. Having completing his mission in 2010, he moved to The Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Texas A & M Health Science Center, as Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Director. Currently, he is retired and lives in North Hollywood, California, where he continues as an author and as Series Editor of Vitamins and Hormones. He is involved in writing another textbook and has written a first novel, “One-Eighty”.

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Stem Cell Regulators, 1st Edition

Factors operating in pluripotent cells
Maria A. Ciemerych and Aneta Suwinska

Molecular mediators of Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC)

Pampee P. Young, Sarika Saraswati, and Maria P. Alfaro

Insulin and germline proliferation in Caenorhabditis
E. Jane Albert Hubbard

Generation of mature ß-cells from embryonic stem cells: What are we missing?

Spyridon Champeris Tsaniras

Activation and regulation of reserve liver progenitor cells

D. Hunter Best and William B. Coleman

Adult cardiac-derived stem cells: differentiation and survival regulators
Nanako Kawaguchi

TGF-Beta1 regulates differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells
Basil M. Hantash and Longmei Zhao

Maternal intake of folic acid and neural crest stem cells
Chandra S. Mayanil

Modulation of the generation of dopaminergic neurons from human neural stem cells by Bcl-XL. Mechanisms of action

Alberto Martínez-Serrano, Claudia G. Castillo, Elise T. Courtois, Elisa García-García, and Isabel Liste

Glucocorticoid hedgehog agonists in neurogenesis

Wei Chen, Larry S. Barak , Robert A. Mook, Jr., and Jiangbo Wang

Effect of progesterone on human mesenchymal stem cells
Dobroslav S. Kyurkchiev, Ekaterina Ivanova-Todorova, Stanimir D.Kyurkchiev

Regulation of muscle stem cell activation - the role of growth factors and extracellular matrix
Edyta Brzoska, Maria A. Ciemerych, Marta Przewozniak, Malgorzata Zimowska

Thymosins and muscle regeneration
Takahiko Hara

Micro RNAs and mesenchymal stem cells
Giovanni Camussi, Stefania Bruno, Maria Chiara Deregibus, Ciro Tetta and Federica Collino

MicroRNA and vascular smooth muscle cells
Y. Eugene Chen, Jifeng Zhang, Changqing Xie

Transforming growth factor beta superfamily in mouse embryonic stem cell self-renewal
Jay L. Vivian, Katherine E.Galvin-Burgess

The biology of HIFa proteins in cell differentiation and disease

Inmaculada Royo González, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Francisco Javier Rodríguez- Jimenez, Pilar Sepúlveda & José-María Sánchez-Puelles

Regulatory role of Klf5 in early mouse development and in embryonic stem cells

Tommaso Russo and Silvia Parisi

Bam and Bgcn in Drosophila germ line stem cell differentiation
Changsoo Kim and Sreejith Perinthottathil

The effects of mechanical loading on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and matrix production
Gwendolen C. Reilly and Robin M. Delaine-Smith

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