Obesity, 1st Edition

Obesity, 1st Edition,Gerald Litwack,ISBN9780124077669

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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* Contributions from leading authorities
* Informs and updates on all the latest developments in the field


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 obesity.


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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Obesity, 1st Edition

  1. Hormonal Regulation of Lipogenesis
  2. Laura L. Gathercole, Stuart A. Morgan and Jeremy W. Tomlinson

  3. Genetic Determinants of Obesity and Related Vascular Diseases
  4. Yaroslav Winter, Roman Sankowski and Tobias Back

  5. Brd2 Gene Disruption Causes ‘Metabolically Healthy’ Obesity: Epigenetic and Chromatin-Based Mechanisms that Uncouple Obesity from Type 2 Diabetes
  6. Fangnian Wang, Jude T. Deeney and Gerald V. Denis

  7. The TBC1D1 Gene: Structure, Function and Association with Obesity and Related Traits
  8. Luca Fontanesi and Francesca Bertolini

  9. Replication Initiator 1 (Repin1) In Adipose Tissue Function and Human Obesity
  10. John T. Heiker and Nora Klöting

  11. Adipokines in Childhood Obesity
  12. Gabriel Ángel Martos-Moreno, Vicente Barrios, Julie A. Chowen and Jesús Argente

  13. Gut Hormones and Obesity: Physiology and Therapies
  14. Rebecca Scott, Tricia Tan and Stephen Bloom

  15. Neuroinflammation in Overnutrition-Induced Diseases
  16. Dongsheng Cai

  17. P66shcA : Linking Mammalian Longevity with Obesity-Induced Insulin Resistance
  18. Sofia Chiatamone Ranieri, Salvatore Fusco and Giovambattista Pani

  19. The Emerging Role of Constitutive Androstane Receptor (CAR) and its Crosstalk with Liver X Receptors (LXRs) and Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor a (PPARa) in Lipid Metabolism
  20. Lei Xiao, Jing Wang, Mengxi Jiang, Wen Xie and Yonggong Zhai

  21. Lecithin Cholesterol Acyltransferase Deficiency Protects from Diet-Induced Insulin Resistance and Obesity - Novel Insights from Mouse Models
  22. Dominic S. Ng

  23. Sphingolipids in Lipid Microdomains and Obesity
  24. Susumu Mitsutake and Yasuyuki Igarashi

  25. Ghrelin: At the Interface of Obesity and Reward
  26. Harriët Schellekens, Timothy G. Dinan, and John F. Cryan

  27. Endocannabinoids and Obesity
  28. Guoxun Chen and Zhen Pang

  29. Lipocalin 13 Regulation of Glucose and Lipid Metabolism in Obesity
  30. Yingjiang Zhou and Liangyou Rui

  31. Sirtuin 1 Deacetylase: A Key Regulator of Hepatic Lipid Metabolism
  32. Jongsook Kim Kemper, Sung-E Choi and Dong Hyun Kim

  33. Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) and Obesity
  34. Hyeongjin Cho

  35. Nomilin as an Anti-Obesity and Anti-Hyperglycemic Agent

    Ryuichiro Sato

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