Carole Kubjak

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Inflammation and cancer are associated with impairment of T-cell responses by a heterogeneous population of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) coexpressing CD11b and GR-1 antigens. MDSCs have been recently implicated in costimulation blockade-induced transplantation tolerance in rats, which was under the control of inducible NO synthase (iNOS).(More)
Kidney ischemia/reperfusion injury (I/R) is characterized by renal dysfunction and tubular damages resulting from an early activation of innate immunity. Recently, nicotine administration has been shown to be a powerful inhibitor of a variety of innate immune responses, including LPS-induced toxaemia. This cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway acts via the(More)
The growing development of composite tissue allografts (CTA) highlights the need for tolerance induction protocols. Herein, we developed a mouse model of heterotopic limb allograft in a stringent strain combination in which potentially tolerogenic strategies were tested taking advantage of donor stem cells in the grafted limb. BALB/c allografts were(More)
We developed a mouse model of heterotopic limb transplantation in which we took advantage of Thy1.1 and Thy1.2 congenic strains to track and characterize donor T cells, to determine the role of recipient's thymus in mixed T-cell chimerism induction as well as transplant immunocompetence. The vascularized Thy1.1 limb graft composed of femur, muscle, and skin(More)
BACKGROUND Interleukin (IL)-17 is involved in autoimmune inflammatory disorders and naturally occurring CD25pos regulatory T cells were shown to promote IL-17 synthesis. Because IL-17 is overproduced in certain types of allograft rejection, it is important to characterize the cells responsible for IL-17 synthesis and to define how IL-17 is regulated during(More)
Activation of innate immunity through Toll-like receptors (TLR) can abrogate transplantation tolerance by revealing hidden T cell alloreactivity. Separately, the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway has the capacity to dampen macrophage activation and cytokine release during endotoxemia and ischemia reperfusion injury. However, the relevance of the α7(More)
Th17-mediated immune responses have been recently identified as novel pathogenic mechanisms in a variety of conditions; however, their importance in allograft rejection processes is still debated. In this paper, we searched for MHC or minor Ag disparate models of skin graft rejection in which Th17 immune responses might be involved. We found that T(More)
Natural CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells (nTreg) have been shown to control graft-versus-host disease after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Herein, we considered the possibility that the beneficial action of nTreg upon immune reconstitution in lymphopenic hosts involves dampening of the inflammatory response induced by bacterial products. We(More)
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