Marvin B. Rittenberg

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The actions of corticotropin-releasing hormone (Crh), a mediator of endocrine and behavioural responses to stress, and the related hormone urocortin (Ucn) are coordinated by two receptors, Crhr1 (encoded by Crhr) and Crhr2. These receptors may exhibit distinct functions due to unique tissue distribution and pharmacology. Crhr-null mice have defined central(More)
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is the principal regulator of the stress response. CRH stimulates production of ACTH via specific CRH receptors located on pituitary corticotropes. In addition to pituitary and central nervous system effects, peripheral effects of CRH have been observed involving the immune and cardiovascular systems. Specific CRH(More)
We examined the fine specificity of the memory response to phosphorylcholine (PC) using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that measures the relative abilities of PC analogs to inhibit the binding of antibody to antigen. Along with the usual haptens (phosphorylcholine, L-alpha-glycerophosphorylcholine, and choline) these studies included as an(More)
We investigated the heterogeneity of anti-phosphocholine (PC) antibodies present in human serum taken from individuals before and after immunization with a multivalent pneumococcal vaccine. The fine specificity of IgM, IgG, and IgA anti-PC antibodies was determined in an ELISA by using phosphocholine or p-nitrophenyl phosphocholine (NPPC) to inhibit binding(More)
The ability of somatic mutation to modify the course of an immune response is well documented. However, emphasis has been placed almost exclusively on the ability of somatic mutation to improve the functional characteristics of representative antibodies. The harmful effects of somatic mutation, its dark side, have been far less well characterized. Yet(More)