Keck School Faculty

Harvey R Kaslow, PhD
Harvey R Kaslow, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology & Neuroscience
Physiology and Biophysics
MCH 250, 1333 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
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Main research interest: Cancer Immunotherapy and Regulation of Immune Responses.
Cytotoxic antibodies and T lymphocytes can be generated that recognize cancer cells, but immunosuppressive factors in solid tumors frequently cause these effectors to fail to control or eliminate the cancer. Compositions are available that overcome these immunosuppressive factors but they produce toxic side-effects which can be life-threatening. There is thus a need for efficacious compositions and methods with reduced toxicity. In collaboration with the laboratory of Alan Epstein (Keck School of Medicine) candidate compositions and methods have been generated and more are under development. Patents covering some compositions and methods have issued and additional patent applications are ongoing and planned. For additional information see
Cancer Immunotherapy Research:

Education Efforts:
Dr. Kaslow’s graduate (UCSD) work involved endocrinology and metabolism and his post-doctoral (UCSF) research focused on cell signaling mechanisms. His teaching efforts continue in those areas in graduate, medical, and pharmacy courses. Dr. Kaslow serves as:
Director, MS program in Medical Physiology
Co-chair of the Endocrinology section of the medical student curriculum.
Dr. Kaslow actively participates in the continuing refinement and revision of the medical and graduate student curricula and is developing software for the analysis and management of the curriculum.

Lym-1 Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells Exhibit Potent Anti-Tumor Effects against B-Cell Lymphoma Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Dec 20; 18(12). . View in PubMed

P2X7 receptor-dependent and -independent T cell death is induced by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide J Immunol. 2005 Feb 15; 174(4):1971-9. . View in PubMed

Expression of IL-10 and TNF-inhibitor genes in lacrimal gland epithelial cells suppresses their ability to activate lymphocytes Cornea. 2002 Mar; 21(2):210-4. . View in PubMed

Effect of anti-inflammatory cytokines on the activation of lymphocytes by lacrimal gland acinar cells in an autologous mixed cell reaction Adv Exp Med Biol. 2002; 506(Pt B):789-94. . View in PubMed

Lacrimal gland epithelial cells stimulate proliferation in autologous lymphocyte preparations Exp Eye Res. 2000 Jul; 71(1):11-22. . View in PubMed

Autologous lacrimal-lymphoid mixed-cell reactions induce dacryoadenitis in rabbits Exp Eye Res. 2000 Jul; 71(1):23-31. . View in PubMed

Sjögren's autoimmunity: how perturbation of recognition in endomembrane traffic may provoke pathological recognition at the cell surface J Mol Recognit. 1998; 11(1-6):40-8. . View in PubMed

A method to study induction of autoimmunity in vitro: co-culture of lacrimal cells and autologous immune system cells Adv Exp Med Biol. 1998; 438:583-9. . View in PubMed

Regulation of cytotoxic T cells by ecto-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) correlates with cell surface GPI-anchored/arginine ADP-ribosyltransferase J Immunol. 1994 Nov 01; 153(9):4048-58. . View in PubMed

CTX-B inhibits CTL cytotoxicity and cytoskeletal movements Immunopharmacology. 1993 Sep-Oct; 26(2):93-104. . View in PubMed

Detection of antibodies inhibiting the ADP-ribosyltransferase activity of pertussis toxin in human serum J Clin Microbiol. 1992 Jun; 30(6):1380-7. . View in PubMed

Pertussis toxin and target eukaryotic cells: binding, entry, and activation FASEB J. 1992 Jun; 6(9):2684-90. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of antibodies elicited by immunization with pertussis toxin Dev Biol Stand. 1991; 73:143-50. . View in PubMed

Monoclonal antibodies that inhibit ADP-ribosyltransferase but not NAD-glycohydrolase activity of pertussis toxin Infect Immun. 1990 Mar; 58(3):746-52. . View in PubMed

Radiometric assays for glycerol, glucose, and glycogen Anal Biochem. 1989 Jul; 180(1):11-6. . View in PubMed

Alkylation of cysteine 41, but not cysteine 200, decreases the ADP-ribosyltransferase activity of the S1 subunit of pertussis toxin J Biol Chem. 1989 Apr 15; 264(11):6386-90. . View in PubMed

Regulation of glycogen synthase in muscle and adipose tissue during fasting and refeeding Am J Physiol. 1988 Jun; 254(6 Pt 1):E720-5. . View in PubMed

Sulfhydryl-alkylating reagents inactivate the NAD glycohydrolase activity of pertussis toxin Biochemistry. 1987 Jul 14; 26(14):4397-402. . View in PubMed

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