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.
Biochemistry of Ghrelin Precursor Peptides
Structure of Mammalian and Non-Mammalian Ghrelins
The Growth Hormone Secretagogue Receptor
Basic Aspects of Ghrelin Action
Appetite and Metabolic Effects of Ghrelin and Cannabinoids
Involvement of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK)
Ghrelin and Feedback Systems
Ghrelin Gene-Related Peptides Modulate Rat White Adiposity
Cardiac, Skeletal and Smooth Muscle Regulation by Ghrelin
Ghrelin and Bone
Ghrelin in Pregnancy and Lactation
Ghrelin and Reproduction: Ghrelin as Novel Regulator of the Gonadotropic Axis
Ghrelin and Prostate Cancer
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.