Catherine R Weir

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Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an animal model commonly used to investigate mechanisms involved in the activation of self-reactive T cells. Whereas auto-reactive T(h)1 cells are believed to be involved in the generation of EAE, T(h)2 cells can induce EAE in immunocompromised hosts. Since the T(h)2 cytokine IL-5 can influence the nature(More)
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a CD4(+) T cell-dependent, organ-specific autoimmune model commonly used to investigate mechanisms involved in the activation of autoreactive T(h)1 cells. Mitogen-activated protein kinases such as c-Jun N-terminal kinase (Jnk) 1 and 2 play an important role in the differentiation of naive precursors into(More)
Self-reactive T cells escape deletion in the thymus and are found in the peripheral repertoire. Because bone-marrow-derived dendritic cells (BM-DC) are potent activators of antigen-specific T cells, these cells could theoretically activate self-reactive T cells leading to autoimmunity. We investigated whether BM-DC could induce the autoimmune disease(More)
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an organ-specific autoimmune disease model used to investigate mechanisms involved in the activation of self-reactive T cells. Preproenkephalin (PPNK) is the gene that encodes the protein proenkephalin A that has been detected in the brain, adrenal cells and cells of the immune system. In this paper,(More)
Positive and negative expectancies regarding the behavioral effects of alcohol and cocaine were assessed and used to predict attitudes toward their use across four age groups (5-7, 8-10, 11-14, and 18-25, N = 121). Regardless of gender and minority status, children and early adolescents appeared to overgeneralize their beliefs about alcohol to a less(More)
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