Claudia McAllister

Learn More
OBJECTIVE Interleukin-2, traditionally viewed as solely involved in immunological events, has recently been shown to exert profound effects on the development and regulation of the central nervous system. This study examined the relationships between interleukin-2 in the CSF and plasma of schizophrenic patients and clinical measures, including relapse and(More)
This paper reviews evidence indicating that adrenal corticosteroids modulate the responsiveness of mice and rats to nicotine. Adrenalectomy increases, and both acute and chronic corticosteroid administration decrease, some of the physiological and behavioral effects of nicotine. One function of adrenal steroids may be to regulate stress-induced changes in(More)
Long-term S-antigen (S-Ag)-specific T lymphocyte lines were derived from the lymph nodes of immunized Lewis rats that had been pretreated with low-dose cyclophosphamide. The protocol consisted of functional selection by alternating cycles of stimulation with S-Ag presented on syngeneic accessory cells and proliferation in IL 2-containing spleen-conditioned(More)
To analyze the role of the retinal vascular endothelial cells in the development of experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU), we studied the presence of Ia antigen and FN in retinal vessels of Lewis rats immunized with retinal S antigen. Immunopathologic studies were performed on frozen tissues obtained during various stages of the disease. Our results show(More)
In our previous study rats immunized with bovine retinal interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP) were found to develop inflammation in the eye and the pineal gland. This inflammatory disease was distinct in several aspects from experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) induced by the retinal S-antigen (S-Ag). The current study examined the(More)
Pertussis toxin (Ptx), a component of Bordetella pertussis, is responsible for many of the biological activities of this bacterium, including its potent adjuvant capacity. In attempt to better understand the Ptx activity on the immune response in vivo, we have examined the effect of Ptx on certain lymphoid cell responses in vitro which could be targets for(More)
The dynamic changes of the lymphocyte subsets in the inflamed ocular tissue in Lewis rats with experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) were studied by immunohistopathological evaluation at varying intervals after initiation of the disease. Monoclonal antibodies to specific markers of the rat T-helper/inducer lymphocyte (W3/25) and T-suppressor/cytotoxic(More)
In order to learn about the immunopathogenic mechanisms of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU), the capacity of lymphocytes to transfer the disease was studied. EAU was transferred to naive syngeneic rats by intraperitoneal injection of spleen or lymph node (LN) cells from S-antigen immunized rats, following their incubation in culture with either(More)
We evaluated if the effects of acute stress on immune parameters were apparent in only the women who showed concomitant and substantial sympathetic nervous system activation and after statistical adjustment for changes in plasma volume. Nineteen women in the follicular stage of their menstrual cycles were assessed for immunological responsiveness to a(More)
Rat lymphocyte lines were established, with specificity toward two synthetic peptides derived from the interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP), which specifically localizes in the retina and pineal gland. One of the peptides, R4, is immunopathogenic, producing experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) and pinealitis (EAP) in immunized rats,(More)