Ann M. McCormack

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Chronic rejection is the major cause of long-term heart allograft failure, characterized by tissue infiltration by recipient T cells with indirect allospecificity. Phosphoinositol-3-kinase p110δ is a key mediator of T cell receptor signaling, regulating both T cell activation and migration of primed T cells to non-lymphoid antigen-rich tissue. We(More)
In humans the majority of endothelial cells (EC) constitutively express MHC class II Ags. We know that in vitro ECs can activate CD45RO(+) B7-independent CD4(+) T cells to proliferate and produce IL-2. The in vivo correlate of this T cell response is not known, and here we have explored whether endothelial expression of MHC class II Ags affects the(More)
BACKGROUND Rejection is the major obstacle to survival after cardiac transplantation. We investigated whether overexpression of heat shock protein (Hsp)-27 in mouse hearts protects against acute rejection and the mechanisms of such protection. METHODS Hearts from B10.A mice overexpressing human Hsp-27 (Hsp-27tg), or Hsp-27-negative hearts from littermate(More)
Valve interstitial cells (VICs) are fibroblastic in nature however in culture it is widely accepted that they differentiate into a myofibroblastic phenotype. This study assessed a fibroblast culture media formulation for its ability to maintain the phenotype and function of VICs as in the intact healthy valve. Normal human VICs were cultured separately in(More)
The biological activities of alpha-MSH des-acetyl MSH, gamma-MSH and LPH37-58 were compared using the Anolis rate method of bioassay. Dose-response data showed LPH37-58 to be equipotent with alpha-MSH, but des-acetyl MSH and gamma-MSH were found to be much less active. The effect of LPH37-58 was additive to that of alpha-MSH, indicating that LPH37-58 is a(More)
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