Vitamins and the Immune System, 1st Edition

Vitamins and the Immune System, 1st Edition,Gerald Litwack,ISBN9780123869609

Vitamins and Hormones

G Litwack   

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Cutting-edge review concerning the molecular and cellular biology of vitamins and hormones

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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 vitamins and the immune system.


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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Vitamins and the Immune System, 1st Edition

  1. Vitamin D Regulation of Immune Function
  2. Daniel D Bikle, MD, PhD

  3. Vitamin D and innate and adaptive immunity
  4. Martin Hewison, PhD

  5. Dendritic Cells Modified by Vitamin D: Future Immunotherapy for Autoimmune Diseases
  6. Ayako Wakatsuki Pedersen, Mogens Helweg Claesson and Mai-Britt Zocca

  7. Retinoic Acid, Immunity, and Inflammation
  8. Chang H. Kim

  9. Vitamin A and retinoic acid in the regulation of B cell development and antibody production
  10. A. Catharine Ross, Qiuyan Chen and Yifan Ma

  11. Retinoic Acid Production By Intestinal Dendritic Cells
  12. Makoto Iwata and Aya Yokota

  13. Immune Regulator Vitamin A And T Cell Death
  14. Nikolai Engedal

  15. Vitamin E And Immunity
  16. Didem Pekmezci

  17. Vitamin D effects on lung immunity and Respiratory diseases
  18. Sif Hansdottir MD, MS and Martha M. Monick PhD

  19. Maternal Vitamin D During Pregnancy And Its Relation To Immune-Mediated Diseases In The Offspring
  20. Erkkola M, Nwaru BI and Viljakainen HT

  21. Vitamin D Deficiency And Connective Tissue Disease
  22. Eva Zold, Zsolt Barta, Edit Bodolay

  23. Key Roles Of Vitamin A, C, And E In Aflatoxin B1 Induced Oxidative Stress
  24. Lokman Alpsoy and Mehmet Emir Yalvac

  25. Vitamin D, Vitamin D Receptor And Cathelicidin In The Treatment Of Tuberculosis
  26. P. Selvaraj

  27. Vitamin D endocrine system and the immune response in rheumatic diseases
  28. Maurizio Cutolo, M. Plebani, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Luciano Adorini, Angela Tincani

  29. L-carnitine and Intestinal Inflammation
  30. Geneviève Fortin

  31. Vitamin D And Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  32. Sandro Ardizzone, Andrea Cassinotti, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mario Clerici and Gabriele Bianchi Porro

  33. Vitamin D deficiency and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a vicious circle
  34. Wim Janssens, Chantal Mathieu, Steven Boonen and Marc Decramer

  35. Vitamin D as a T cell modulator in multiple sclerosis
  36. Joost Smolders and Jan Damoiseaux

  37. Vitamin D in Solid Organ Transplantation with Special Emphasis on Kidney Transplantation

Ursula Thiem and Kyra Borchhardt

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