Alexander R. Rodriguez

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BACKGROUND During systemic gram-negative bacterial infections, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) ligation to the hepatic Toll-like receptor-4 complex induces the production of hepatic acute phase proteins that are involved in the host response to infection and limit the associated inflammatory process. Identifying the genes that regulate this hepatic response to LPS(More)
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a bacterial membrane endotoxin, induces a systemic inflammatory response (IFR) through the activation of blood monocytes and hepatic kupffer cells. These cells secrete pro-inflammatory cytokines, which subsequently activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA) to release cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone that(More)
Bi-directional communication between the neuroendocrine and immune systems is designed, in part, to maintain or restore homeostasis during physiological stress. Exposure to endotoxin during Gram-negative bacterial infection for example, elicits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines that activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA). The(More)
Large granular lymphocytic (LGL) leukemia is a clonal lymphoproliferative disorder of CTL associated with cytopenias resulting from an immune and cytokine attack on hemopoietic progenitor cells. Extreme clonality of CTL expansions seen in LGL leukemia makes it an ideal model to study the role of the T cell repertoire in other less-polarized immune-mediated(More)
T-cell large granular lymphocyte (T-LGL) leukemia is a clonal lymphoproliferation of cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) associated with cytopenias. T-LGL proliferation seems to be triggered/sustained by antigenic drive; it is likely that hematopoietic progenitors are the targets in this process. The antigen-specific portion of the T-cell receptor (TCR), the variable(More)
Rapid and e$cient sorting is important for progenitor cell isolation. Therefore, we have built and evaluated a high-speed, continuous #ow, quadrupole magnetic sorter. The cross-over behavior of non-magnetic particles, combined with separation theory is used to optimize performance. CD34# progenitor cells are separated to purities from 64}95% and a(More)
We have created a transgenic mouse with tissue-specific expression of the human papilloma virus (HPV) 16 E6 and E7 oncoproteins in the thyroid as a model of HPV transformed cancer. The expression of the transgenes results in the formation of palpable thyroid tumors. E7 is not expressed in other tissues but is expressed in medullary thymic epithelial cells,(More)
OBJECTIVE Similar immune mechanisms have been suggested to operate in aplastic anemia (AA) and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and the presence of PNH clones in AA may indicate that an immune reaction directed against hematopoietic stem cells may be responsible for the immune selection pressure leading to PNH evolution. We previously described(More)
OBJECTIVE In allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSCT) transplantation, recovery of the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire depends upon the composition of the graft and is modulated by peri-transplant immunosuppression, viral infections, and graft-vs-host disease (GVHD). We hypothesized that after allogeneic HSCT, molecular analysis of the TCR repertoire can(More)
The development of laboratory tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) is hampered by a lack of knowledge of minor histocompatibility Ags triggering alloresponses. We hypothesized that the unique molecular structure of the TCR could be used as a marker for the unidentified Ags and exploited for molecular monitoring of GVHD(More)
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