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Molecular Biology Of A Surface-Exposed Protein Family Of Bartonella Bacilliformis, Hannah Fay 2017 University of Montana

Molecular Biology Of A Surface-Exposed Protein Family Of Bartonella Bacilliformis, Hannah Fay

Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers

Bartonella bacilliformis is a gram negative alpha-proteobacterium native to the Andes of South America. Bartonella causes Carrion’s disease, a potentially life threatening disease transmitted by the sand fly. It has a mortality rate of 88% when untreated and 10% when treated. Diagnostics and control measures for the disease are underdeveloped and no vaccine is available. Recent outbreaks indicate that the range of the pathogen is increasing with nearly 1.7 million people in western South America at risk. Little is known about the epidemiology and pathogenesis of B. bacilliformis. Recent research done by UC San Diego found a paralogous ...


Novel Mutation Of Interferon-Γ Receptor 1 Gene Presenting As Early Life Mycobacterial Bronchial Disease, Maria J. Gutierrez, Neelu Kaira, Alexandra Horwitz, Gustavo Nino 2016 George Washington University

Novel Mutation Of Interferon-Γ Receptor 1 Gene Presenting As Early Life Mycobacterial Bronchial Disease, Maria J. Gutierrez, Neelu Kaira, Alexandra Horwitz, Gustavo Nino

Pediatrics Faculty Publications

Mendelian susceptibility to mycobacterial diseases (MSMD) are a spectrum of inherited disorders characterized by localized or disseminated infections caused by atypical mycobacteria. Interferon-γ receptor 1 (IFNGR1) deficiency was the first identified genetic disorder recognized as MSMD. Mutations in the genes encoding IFNGR1 can be recessive or dominant and cause complete or partial receptor deficiency. We present the case of a 2½-year-old boy with a history of recurrent wheezing, diagnosed with endobronchial mycobacterial infection. Immunological workup revealed a homozygous nonsense mutation in the IFNGR1 gene, a novel mutation predicted in silico to cause complete IFNGR1 deficiency. This case demonstrates that (a ...


The Role Of Late Antigen In Cd4 Memory T Cell Formation During Influena [I.E. Influenza] Infection: A Dissertation, Bianca L. Bautista 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Role Of Late Antigen In Cd4 Memory T Cell Formation During Influena [I.E. Influenza] Infection: A Dissertation, Bianca L. Bautista

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

While memory CD4 T cells are critical for effective immunity to pathogens, the mechanisms underlying their generation are poorly defined. Although extensive work has been done to examine the role of antigen (Ag) in shaping memory formation, most studies focus on the requirements during the first few days of the response known as the priming phase. Little is known about whether or not Ag re-encounter by effector T cells (late Ag) alters CD4 memory T cell formation. Since influenza infection produces a large, heterogeneous, protective CD4 memory T cell population, I used this model to examine the role of late ...


Modeling Cross-Species Extrapolation Of Inhalation Anthrax For Risk Assessment Purposes, Megan O. Powell 2016 University of St. Francis

Modeling Cross-Species Extrapolation Of Inhalation Anthrax For Risk Assessment Purposes, Megan O. Powell

Annual Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research

No abstract provided.


Fc Receptor-Mediated Activities Of Env-Specific Monoclonal Antibodies Generated From Human Volunteers Receiving A Dna Prime-Protein Boost Hiv Vaccine: A Dissertation, Matthew R. Costa 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Fc Receptor-Mediated Activities Of Env-Specific Monoclonal Antibodies Generated From Human Volunteers Receiving A Dna Prime-Protein Boost Hiv Vaccine: A Dissertation, Matthew R. Costa

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Human immunodeficiency type 1 (HIV-1) is able to elicit broadly potent neutralizing antibodies in a very small subset of individuals only after several years’ infection and as a result, vaccines that elicit these types of antibodies have been difficult to design. The RV144 trial showed that a moderate protection is possible, which may correlate with antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity. Previous studies in the Lu lab demonstrated that in an HIV-1 vaccine phase I trial, DP6-001, a polyvalent Env DNA prime-protein boost formulation, could elicit potent and broadly reactive, gp120-specific antibodies with positive neutralization activities along with multiple Fc ...


Dynamic Host-Pathogen Interactions Result In Fungal Epitope Unmasking, Alex Hopke 2016 University of Maine

Dynamic Host-Pathogen Interactions Result In Fungal Epitope Unmasking, Alex Hopke

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Molecular camouflage is used by a diverse set of pathogens to disguise their identity and avoid recognition by protective host receptors. The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans is a good example, as it masks the inflammatory component β-glucan in its cell wall to evade detection by the immune receptor Dectin-1. Interestingly, it has been seen that β-glucan becomes unmasked during infection in vivo, though the underlying mechanisms remained unclear. Exposure levels of this epitope may be important, as Dectin-1 mediates protection from some strains of C. albicans and alterations in the organization and composition of the Candida cell wall can ...


A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock

Katherine A. Fitzgerald

Inflammasome activation is associated with numerous diseases. However, in vivo detection of the activated inflammasome complex has been limited by a dearth of tools. We have developed transgenic mice that ectopically express the fluorescent adaptor protein, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) and characterized the formation of assembled inflammasome complexes ("specks") in primary cells and tissues. In addition to hematopoietic cells, we have found that a stromal population in the lung tissues formed specks during the early phase of influenza infection, whereas myeloid cells showed speck formation after 2 days. In a peritonitis and group B streptococcus ...


Human Monoclonal Antibodies To Plasmodium Falciparum Circumsporozoite Protein For Transient Passive Protection Of Malaria Travelers To Endemic Areas, Stuart Nelson, Douglas Golenbock, Ann M. Moormann, Colby A. Souders, Lisa Cavacini 2016 University of Massachusettts Medical School

Human Monoclonal Antibodies To Plasmodium Falciparum Circumsporozoite Protein For Transient Passive Protection Of Malaria Travelers To Endemic Areas, Stuart Nelson, Douglas Golenbock, Ann M. Moormann, Colby A. Souders, Lisa Cavacini

Ann M. Moormann

Plasmodium falciparum, is a protozoa that causes over 214 million cases of Malaria worldwide and the World Health Organization reported an estimated 438,000 deaths attributed to malaria in 2015. Current prevention strategies have reduced malaria cases but they are either costly, have poor efficacy or resistance has begun to develop. There is a global need for an effective pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

The leading Malaria vaccine candidate is RTS,S which contains a monovalent Plasmodium falciparum circumsporozoite protein (CSP). The goal of this vaccine is to induce anti-CSP antibodies that would block sporozoite invasion of hepatocytes and thereby hinder parasite ...


N-Methylation Of A Bactericidal Compound As A Resistance Mechanism In Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Kenan C. Murphy, Carl F. Nathan 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

N-Methylation Of A Bactericidal Compound As A Resistance Mechanism In Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Kenan C. Murphy, Carl F. Nathan

Open Access Articles

The rising incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) makes it imperative to understand the underlying mechanisms. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the single leading cause of death from a bacterial pathogen and estimated to be the leading cause of death from AMR. A pyrido-benzimidazole, 14, was reported to have potent bactericidal activity against Mtb. Here, we isolated multiple Mtb clones resistant to 14. Each had mutations in the putative DNA-binding and dimerization domains of rv2887, a gene encoding a transcriptional repressor of the MarR family. The mutations in Rv2887 led to markedly increased expression of rv0560c. We characterized Rv0560c as an S-adenosyl-L-methionine-dependent ...


Genomic Insights Into The Ixodes Scapularis Tick Vector Of Lyme Disease, Monika Gulia-Nuss,, Daniel R. Caffrey, Neal S. Silverman, Adam R. Wespiser, Catherine A. Hill 2016 Purdue University

Genomic Insights Into The Ixodes Scapularis Tick Vector Of Lyme Disease, Monika Gulia-Nuss,, Daniel R. Caffrey, Neal S. Silverman, Adam R. Wespiser, Catherine A. Hill

Neal Silverman

Ticks transmit more pathogens to humans and animals than any other arthropod. We describe the 2.1 Gbp nuclear genome of the tick, Ixodes scapularis (Say), which vectors pathogens that cause Lyme disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis and other diseases. The large genome reflects accumulation of repetitive DNA, new lineages of retro-transposons, and gene architecture patterns resembling ancient metazoans rather than pancrustaceans. Annotation of scaffolds representing approximately 57% of the genome, reveals 20,486 protein-coding genes and expansions of gene families associated with tick-host interactions. We report insights from genome analyses into parasitic processes unique to ticks, including host 'questing ...


New Roles For An Old Cytokine : Characterizing How Exposure To Il-12 Alters Human Cd4 And Cd8 T Cell Responses, Aldo Fabian Vacaflores Salinas 2016 University of Iowa

New Roles For An Old Cytokine : Characterizing How Exposure To Il-12 Alters Human Cd4 And Cd8 T Cell Responses, Aldo Fabian Vacaflores Salinas

Theses and Dissertations

CD4 and CD8 T cells are constantly exposed to inflammatory signals that influence diverse functional outcomes during infections and certain autoimmune disorders. One of the signals controlling CD4 and CD8 T cell functions is the inflammatory cytokine IL-12. Previous studies have focused on how IL-12 regulates CD4 and CD8 T cell functions when present during or after the activation of the T cell receptor (TCR). However, based on murine studies, we have only recently begun to appreciate that exposure to inflammatory signals, driven in part by IL-12, could alter how CD4 and CD8 T cells respond to TCR stimulation. Although ...


Cannabinoids Suppress The Innate Immune Response To Periodontal Pathogen Porphyromonas Gingivalis In Gingival Epithelial Cells., Rajarshi Guha Niyogi 2016 University of Louisville

Cannabinoids Suppress The Innate Immune Response To Periodontal Pathogen Porphyromonas Gingivalis In Gingival Epithelial Cells., Rajarshi Guha Niyogi

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Marijuana is widely used in the United States for recreational and medicinal purposes. Despite the proposed beneficial effects of cannabis on certain medical conditions, there is also a concern there is also a concern over negative health consequences of marijuana smoking. Recently, cannabis use has been established as a dose related risk factor for chronic periodontitis. Although the induction / exacerbation of chronic periodontitis in marijuana users has been established epidemiologically, the mechanisms underlying such predisposition are still unknown. It has long been suggested that marijuana has anti-inflammatory properties, while human epithelial cells are known to express cannabinoid receptor type 2 ...


A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock

Open Access Articles

Inflammasome activation is associated with numerous diseases. However, in vivo detection of the activated inflammasome complex has been limited by a dearth of tools. We have developed transgenic mice that ectopically express the fluorescent adaptor protein, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) and characterized the formation of assembled inflammasome complexes ("specks") in primary cells and tissues. In addition to hematopoietic cells, we have found that a stromal population in the lung tissues formed specks during the early phase of influenza infection, whereas myeloid cells showed speck formation after 2 days. In a peritonitis and group B streptococcus ...


Closing The Net On Retroviruses, Jeremy Luban 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Closing The Net On Retroviruses, Jeremy Luban

Open Access Articles

Structural studies reveal how an antiviral factor forms a molecular net to restrict retroviruses including HIV-1.


Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Of Mammary Epithelial Cells Promotes Malignant Transformation, Hai Hu, Joyce D. Fingeroth, Gerburg M. Wulf 2016 Harvard Medical School

Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Of Mammary Epithelial Cells Promotes Malignant Transformation, Hai Hu, Joyce D. Fingeroth, Gerburg M. Wulf

Open Access Articles

Whether the human tumor virus, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), promotes breast cancer remains controversial and a potential mechanism has remained elusive. Here we show that EBV can infect primary mammary epithelial cells (MECs) that express the receptor CD21. EBV infection leads to the expansion of early MEC progenitor cells with a stem cell phenotype, activates MET signaling and enforces a differentiation block. When MECs were implanted as xenografts, EBV infection cooperated with activated Ras and accelerated the formation of breast cancer. Infection in EBV-related tumors was of a latency type II pattern, similar to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). A human gene expression ...


First Evidence For A Vibrio Strain Pathogenic To Mytilus Edulis Altering Hemocyte Immune Capacities, Yosra Ben Cheikh 2016 University of le Havre

First Evidence For A Vibrio Strain Pathogenic To Mytilus Edulis Altering Hemocyte Immune Capacities, Yosra Ben Cheikh

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Chronic Saline Exposures Interfere With Basal And Induced Immunity In Striped Catfish (Pangasianodon Hypophthalmus, Sauvage) Exposed To Virulent Strain Of Edwardsiella Ictaluri., Mélodie Schmitz 2016 University of Namur

Chronic Saline Exposures Interfere With Basal And Induced Immunity In Striped Catfish (Pangasianodon Hypophthalmus, Sauvage) Exposed To Virulent Strain Of Edwardsiella Ictaluri., Mélodie Schmitz

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Recombinant Ferritin-H Induces Immunosupression In European Sea Bass Larvae (Dicentrarchus Labrax) Rather Than Immunostmulation And Protection Against Vibrio Anguillarum, Daisy Vanrompay 2016 UGhent

Recombinant Ferritin-H Induces Immunosupression In European Sea Bass Larvae (Dicentrarchus Labrax) Rather Than Immunostmulation And Protection Against Vibrio Anguillarum, Daisy Vanrompay

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Memory Cd8+ T Cell Function During Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection: A Dissertation, Stephen M. Carpenter 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Memory Cd8+ T Cell Function During Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection: A Dissertation, Stephen M. Carpenter

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

T cell vaccines against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and other pathogens are based on the principle that memory T cells rapidly generate effector responses upon challenge, leading to pathogen clearance. Despite eliciting a robust memory CD8+ T cell response to the immunodominant Mtb antigen TB10.4 (EsxH), we find the increased frequency of TB10.4-specific CD8+ T cells conferred by vaccination to be short-lived after Mtb challenge. To compare memory and naïve CD8+ T cell function during their response to Mtb, we track their expansions using TB10.4-specific retrogenic CD8+ T cells. We find that the primary (naïve) response outnumbers the ...


The Ifitms Inhibit Zika Virus Replication, George Savidis, Jill Perreira, Jocelyn M. Portmann, Paul Meraner, Zhiru Guo, Sharone Green, Abraham L. Brass 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Ifitms Inhibit Zika Virus Replication, George Savidis, Jill Perreira, Jocelyn M. Portmann, Paul Meraner, Zhiru Guo, Sharone Green, Abraham L. Brass

Sharone Green

Zika virus has emerged as a severe health threat with a rapidly expanding range. The IFITM family of restriction factors inhibits the replication of a broad range of viruses, including the closely related flaviruses West Nile virus and dengue virus. Here, we show that IFITM1 and IFITM3 inhibit Zika virus infection early in the viral life cycle. Moreover, IFITM3 can prevent Zika-virus-induced cell death. These results suggest that strategies to boost the actions and/or levels of the IFITMs might be useful for inhibiting a broad range of emerging viruses.


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