Alexandre P. Meli

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Viral respiratory tract infections are the main causative agents of the onset of infection-induced asthma and asthma exacerbations that remain mechanistically unexplained. Here we found that deficiency in signaling via type I interferon receptor led to deregulated activation of group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2 cells) and infection-associated type 2(More)
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a subset of CD4(+) T cells that accumulate in the B cell-rich regions of secondary lymphoid organs and provide activation signals essential for long-lived humoral immunity. Herein, we describe a flow cytometric cell-based approach to identify Tfh cells within the total leukocyte population isolated from the spleen, lymph(More)
Homeostasis is a fundamental principle of biological systems. A paradigm of immune homeostasis is the remarkably constant number of naive T and B lymphocytes in the body that continuously circulate through the secondary lymphoid organs to maximize immune surveillance. Whether the dynamics and distribution of the systemic naive lymphocyte pool is affected(More)
IgE production plays a crucial role in protective as well as pathogenic type 2 immune responses. Although the cytokine IL-4 is required for the development of IgE-producing plasma cells, the source of IL-4 and cellular requirements for optimal IgE responses remain unclear. Recent evidence suggests that T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are the primary(More)
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a CD4+ T cell subset critical for long-lived humoral immunity. We hypothesized that integrins play a decisive role in Tfh cell biology. Here we show that Tfh cells expressed a highly active form of leukocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) that was required for their survival within the germinal center niche. In(More)
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