D. K. B. Sewell

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The central nervous system (CNS) is an immune-privileged site where the role of immune cells and mediators in traumatic brain injury is poorly understood. Previously we have demonstrated that interleukin (IL)-6, a cytokine that acts on a wide range of tissues influencing cell growth and differentiation, is an agonist for vascular endothelial growth factor(More)
UNLABELLED ᅟ: Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen and the causative agent of listeriosis, a severe infection to those with a pre-disposition. Infections often arise through consumption of contaminated foods, where high intrinsic resistance to food processing practises permit survival and growth. Several practises, including refrigeration,(More)
Trafficking of antigen-specific T cells into the central nervous system (CNS) is an important initiating step in inflammation in the brain. In spite of the extensive knowledge about the role of adhesion molecules in T cell migration across peripheral vessels, the mechanism of the entry of antigen-specific T cells into the CNS is not known. This work was(More)
Several heavy metals have direct calcifying effects in connective tissues; most notable among them is lead (Pb), whether administered topically (1) or systemically with local injury (2). The mechanisms of metal-induced soft tissue calcification have been studied by injecting salts of known in vitro calcifying potential into subcutaneous connective tissue(More)
The initiation step of cell-mediated immune responses in the central nervous system (CNS) involves the trafficking of the antigen-specific T cells into the brain. To study this trafficking, we developed an in vivo system for studying antigen-specific responses in the CNS. In this assay, T cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mice having 95% of T cells specific(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the consequences of mast cell (MC)-chondrocyte interactions. METHODS Cocultured cells were analyzed histochemically, morphologically, biochemically, and functionally. RESULTS Cocultured MC adhered to the chondrocytes and remained viable. Chondrocytes cocultured with nonactivated MC produced more proteoglycans than did chondrocytes(More)
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