Anna N. Taylor, Ph.D.


Professor, Neurobiology

Member, Brain Research Institute

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: (310) 825-9856

Laboratory Address:

38-133 BRI Bldg
Campus - 176318

Work Address:

CHS 38-113



Stress, Alcohol and Neuroendocrine-Immune interactions

The overall focus of our research program is understanding the role of neuroendocrine factors, both developmental and adult, in mediating adaptive responses to stress, and in the etiology of alcoholism. To this end, ew use ontogenic studies to determine how developmental insults, such as prenatal alcohol exposure, affect CNS development and produce long-term neuroendocrine, neuroimmunological and nuerobehavioral consequences. Studies are also underway to define mechanisms for the actions of alcohol on neoplasia and immunity.


Taylor AN, Rahman SU, Sanders NC, Tio DL, Prolo P, Sutton RL.   Injury severity differentially affects short- and long-term neuroendocrine outcomes of traumatic brain injury, J Neurotrauma, 2008; 25(4): 311-23.
Taylor AN, Tio DL, Bando JK, Romeo HE, Prolo P.   Differential effects of alcohol consumption and withdrawal on circadian temperature and activity rhythms in Sprague-Dawley, Lewis, and Fischer male and female rats, Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 2006; 30(3): 438-47.
Torrent M, Sunyer J, Munoz L, Cullinan P, Iturriaga MV, Figueroa C, Vall O, Taylor AN, Anto JM.   Early-life domestic aeroallergen exposure and IgE sensitization at age 4 years, J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2006; 118(3): 742-8.
Taylor AN, Rahman SU, Tio DL, Sanders MJ, Bando JK, Truong AH, Prolo P.   Lasting neuroendocrine-immune effects of traumatic brain injury in rats, J Neurotrauma, 2006; 23(12): 1802-13.
Huang J, Van Aller GS, Taylor AN, Kerrigan JJ, Liu WS, Trulli JM, Lai Z, Holmes D, Aubart KM, Brown JR, Zalacain M.   Phylogenomic and biochemical characterization of three Legionella pneumophila polypeptide deformylases, J Bacteriol, 2006; 188(14): 5249-57.
Brant A, Zekveld C, Welch J, Jones M, Taylor AN, Cullinan P.   The prognosis of occupational asthma due to detergent enzymes: clinical, immunological and employment outcomes, Clin Exp Allergy, 2006; 36(4): 483-8.
Taylor AN, Tio DL, Romeo HE.   The febrile response to intraperitoneal lipopolysaccharide: strain and gender differences in rats, J Neuroimmunol, 2005; 158(1-2): 86-93.
Haim, S Shakhar, G Rossene, E Taylor, AN Ben-Eliyahu, S   Serum levels of sex hormones and corticosterone throughout 4- and 5-day estrous cycles in Fischer 344 rats and their simulation in ovariectomized females Journal of endocrinological investigation. , 2003; 26(10): 1013-22.
Romeo HE, Tio DL, Taylor AN.   Effects of glossopharyngeal nerve transection on central and peripheral cytokines and serum corticosterone induced by localized inflammation, J Neuroimmunol, 2003; 136(1-2): 104-11.
Jeal, H Draper, A Jones, M Harris, J Welsh, K Taylor, AN Cullinan, P   HLA associations with occupational sensitization to rat lipocalin allergens: a model for other animal allergies? The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology. , 2003; 111(4): 795-9.
Taylor, AN Romeo, HE Beylin, AV Tio, DL Rahman, SU Hovda, DA   Alcohol consumption in traumatic brain injury: attenuation of TBI-induced hyperthermia and neurocognitive deficits Journal of neurotrauma. , 2002; 19(12): 1597-608.
Barak, O Weidenfeld, J Goshen, I Ben-Hur, T Taylor, AN Yirmiya, R   Intracerebral HIV-1 glycoprotein 120 produces sickness behavior and pituitary-adrenal activation in rats: role of prostaglandins Brain, behavior, and immunity. , 2002; 16(6): 720-35.
Taylor, AN Tritt, SH Tio, DL Romeo, HE Yirmiya, R   Maternal adrenalectomy abrogates the effect of fetal alcohol exposure on the interleukin-1beta-induced febrile response: gender differences Neuroendocrinology. , 2002; 76(3): 185-92.
Taylor AN, Romeo HE, Beylin AV, Tio DL, Rahman SU, Hova DA.   Alcohol consumption in traumatic brain injury: attenuation of TBI-induced hyperthermia and neurocognitive deficits, J Neurotrauma, 2002; 19(12): 159-608.
Taylor AN, Tritt SH, Tio DL, Romeo HE, Yirmiya R.   Maternal adrenalectomy abrogates the effect of fetal alcohol exposure on the interleukin-1 beta-induced febrile reponse: gender differences, Neuroendocrinology, 2002; 76(3): 185-92.
Barak, O Goshen, I Ben-Hur, T Weidenfeld, J Taylor, AN Yirmiya, R   Involvement of brain cytokines in the neurobehavioral disturbances induced by HIV-1 glycoprotein120 Brain research. , 2002; 933(2): 98-108.
Taylor, AN Tio, DL Heng, NS Yirmiya, R   Alcohol consumption attenuates febrile responses to lipopolysaccharide and interleukin-1 beta in male rats Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research. , 2002; 26(1): 44-52.
Hodgson, DM Yirmiya, R Taylor, AN   Intracerebroventricular interleukin-1beta impairs clearance of tumor cells from the lungs: role of brain prostaglandins Journal of neuroimmunology. , 2001; 119(1): 57-63.
Demedts M, Wells AU, Anto JM, Costabel U, Hubbard R, Cullinan P, Slabbynck H, Rizzato G, Poletti V, Verbeken EK, Thomeer MJ, Kokkarinen J, Dalphin JC, Taylor AN   Interstitial lung diseases: an epidemiological overview, Eur Respir J Suppl, 2001; 32: 2s-16s.
Romeo HE, Tio DL, Rahman SU, Chiappelli F, Taylor AN   The glossopharyngeal nerve as a novel pathway in immune-to-brain communication: relevance to neuroimmune surveillance of the oral cavity, J Neuroimmunol, 2001; 115(1-2): 91-100.
Taylor, AN   Role of human leukocyte antigen phenotype and exposure in development of occupational asthma Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology. , 2001; 1(2): 157-61.
Pantelidis, P Jones, MG Welsh, KI Taylor, AN du Bois, RM   Identification of four novel interleukin-13 gene polymorphisms Genes and immunity. , 2000; 1(5): 341-5.
Taylor, AN Tio, DL Yirmiya, R   Fetal alcohol exposure attenuates interleukin-1beta-induced fever: neuroimmune mechanisms Journal of neuroimmunology. , 1999; 99(1): 44-52.
Hodgson, DM Taylor, AN Zhang, Z Rosenberg, A   Lysosphingomyelin prevents behavioral aberrations and hippocampal neuron loss induced by the metabotropic glutamate receptor agonist quisqualate Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry. , 1999; 23(5): 877-92.
Taylor, AN Tio, DL Chiappelli, F   Thymocyte development in male fetal alcohol-exposed rats Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research. , 1999; 23(3): 465-70.
Hodgson, DM Yirmiya, R Chiappelli, F Taylor, AN   Intracerebral interleukin-1beta impairs response to tumor invasion: involvement of adrenal catecholamines Brain research. , 1999; 816(1): 200-8.
Jones, M Graham, C Taylor, AN Sarlo, K Hoyle, V Karol, MH   Immunologic cross-reactivity between respiratory chemical sensitizers: reactive dyes and cyanuric chloride The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology. , 1998; 102(5): 835-40.
Hodgson, DM Taylor, AN Zhang, Z Rosenberg, A   Psychosine blocks quisqualate-induced glutamate excitotoxicity in hippocampal CA sector neurons Brain research. , 1998; 802(1-2): 1-8.
Yirmiya R, Chiappelli F, Tio DL, Tritt SH, Taylor AN   Effects of prenatal alcohol and pair feeding on lipopolysaccharide-induced secretion of TNF-a lpha and corticosterone, Alcohol, 1998; 15: 327-335.
Hodgson, DM Yirmiya, R Chiappelli, F Taylor, AN   Intracerebral HIV glycoprotein (gp120) enhances tumor metastasis via centrally released interleukin-1 Brain research. , 1998; 781(1-2): 244-51.
Chiappelli F, Kung MA, Tio DL, Tritt SH, Yirmiya R, Taylor AN   Fetal alcohol exposure augments the blunting of tumor necrosis factor production in vitro resulting from in vivo priming with lipopolysaccharide in young adult male but not female rats, Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 1997; 21: 1542-1546.
Yirmiya, R, Tio DL, Taylor AN   Effects of fetal alcohol exposure on fever, sickness behavior, and pituitary-adrenal activation induced by interleukin-1B in young adult rats, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 1996; 10: 205-220.