Chikako Maki

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Activation of dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages by infectious agents leads to secretion of interleukin 12 (IL-12), which subsequently induces interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) production by multiple cell types that include DCs and macrophages. In turn, IFN-gamma acts on macrophages to augment IL-12 secretion and to produce nitric oxide (NO), which eradicates(More)
Interleukin (IL)-15 is expressed in a variety of inflammatory diseases. However, the contribution of dendritic cell (DC)-derived IL-15 to the development of diseases is uncertain. Using established models of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes)- and zymosan-induced liver inflammation, we observed granuloma formation in the livers of wild-type (WT) and(More)
We investigated the role of antigen-presenting cells in early interferon (IFN)-gamma production in normal and recombinase activating gene 2-deficient (Rag-2(-/-)) mice in response to Listeria monocytogenes (LM) infection and interleukin (IL)-12 administration. Levels of serum IFN-gamma in Rag-2(-/-) mice were comparable to those of normal mice upon either(More)
We investigated the role of antigen-presenting cells in early interferon (IFN)g production in normal and recombinase activating gene 2–deficient (Rag-2 2/2 ) mice in response to Listeria monocytogenes (LM) infection and interleukin (IL)-12 administration. Levels of serum IFNg in Rag-2 2/2 mice were comparable to those of normal mice upon either LM infection(More)
Using mice deficient for LFA-1, CD44, and ICAM-1, we examined the role of these adhesion molecules in NK1.1+TCR alpha beta+ (NKT) cell development. Although no defect in NKT cell development was observed in CD44-/- and ICAM-1-/- mice, a dramatic reduction of liver NKT cells was observed in LFA-1-/- mice. Normal numbers of NKT cells were present in other(More)
Mice lacking IFN-regulatory factor (IRF)-1 have reduced numbers of mature CD8+ T cells within the thymus and peripheral lymphoid organs, suggesting a critical role of IRF-1 in CD8(+) T cell differentiation. Here we show that endogenous Bcl-2 expression is substantially reduced in IRF-1(-/-)CD8+ thymocytes and that introduction of a human Bcl-2 transgene(More)
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