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Vitamins and the Immune System


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

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1. Vitamin D Regulation of Immune Function Daniel D Bikle, MD, PhD 2. Vitamin D and innate and adaptive immunity Martin Hewison, PhD 3. Dendritic Cells Modified by Vitamin D: Future Immunotherapy for Autoimmune Diseases Ayako Wakatsuki Pedersen, Mogens Helweg Claesson and Mai-Britt Zocca 4. Retinoic Acid, Immunity, and Inflammation Chang H. Kim 5. Vitamin A and retinoic acid in the regulation of B cell development and antibody production A. Catharine Ross, Qiuyan Chen and Yifan Ma 6. Retinoic Acid Production By Intestinal Dendritic Cells Makoto Iwata and Aya Yokota 7. Immune Regulator Vitamin A And T Cell Death Nikolai Engedal 8. Vitamin E And Immunity Didem Pekmezci 9. Vitamin D effects on lung immunity and Respiratory diseases Sif Hansdottir MD, MS and Martha M. Monick PhD 10. Maternal Vitamin D During Pregnancy And Its Relation To Immune-Mediated Diseases In The Offspring Erkkola M, Nwaru BI and Viljakainen HT 11. Vitamin D Deficiency And Connective Tissue Disease Eva Zold, Zsolt Barta, Edit Bodolay 12. Key Roles Of Vitamin A, C, And E In Aflatoxin B1 Induced Oxidative Stress Lokman Alpsoy and Mehmet Emir Yalvac 13. Vitamin D, Vitamin D Receptor And Cathelicidin In The Treatment Of Tuberculosis P. Selvaraj 14. Vitamin D endocrine system and the immune response in rheumatic diseases Maurizio Cutolo, M. Plebani, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Luciano Adorini, Angela Tincani 15. L-carnitine and Intestinal Inflammation Genevieve Fortin 16. Vitamin D And Inflammatory Bowel Disease Sandro Ardizzone, Andrea Cassinotti, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mario Clerici and Gabriele Bianchi Porro 17. Vitamin D deficiency and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a vicious circle Wim Janssens, Chantal Mathieu, Steven Boonen and Marc Decramer 18. Vitamin D as a T cell modulator in multiple sclerosis Joost Smolders and Jan Damoiseaux 19. Vitamin D in Solid Organ Transplantation with Special Emphasis on Kidney Transplantation Ursula Thiem and Kyra Borchhardt

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Trained in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Litwack worked on enzymology and the effects of hormones on enzyme systems. Then he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at the Biochemical Institute of the Sorbonne in Paris. Dr. Litwack's first position was as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Rutgers University in 1954. Six years later, he joined the University of Pennsylvania as associate professor and four years later went to the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, as full professor, eventually becoming Deputy Director of the Institute. In 1991, he accepted the Chair of Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University where he is also Deputy Director of the Jefferson Cancer Institute and Associate Director for Basic Science in the Jefferson Cancer Center. Dr. Litwack's work has been in the area of mechanisms of steroid receptor action involving especially the glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid receptors, immunophi.

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