Calhoun John

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The serine proteinase (SP) released into the environment by most strains of S. aureus cleaves human IgG, IgM and IgA of both subclasses--IgA 1 and IgA 2. SP cleaves H chains of all immunoglobulin classes and the SC of S-IgA, the L chains are degraded partially. The SP-induced cleavage results in a large spectrum of fragments under reducing conditions within(More)
Metalloproteinase (MP) produced by the majority of Staphylococcus aureus strains exerts, in a wide concentration range (0.1-100 micrograms/ml), no cytotoxic action on mononuclear leukocytes of human peripheral blood. The enzyme itself does not appreciably stimulate proliferation and differentiation of lymphocytes in culture, but affects the stimulation of(More)
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908 was awarded to Ilya I. Mechnikov and Paul Ehrlich for recognition of their work on immunity. Mechnikov have discovered phagocytes and phagocytosis as the basis of natural cellular immunity. His ,,phagocytic theory" is the principle of immunological concept "self and not self" as the prerequisition of(More)
Factor Ei, besides exerting toxic reactions, is amphipathic, antigenic, chemotaxinogenic, causes blastic transformation, adjuvant effect, hypersensitivity (MIF, skin test), activates the RES (splenomegaly), increases the macrophage production, prevents listerial infection in mice, mycobacterial infection in guinea pigs and enhances the effect of BCG(More)