Daniela Takeshita

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Since carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is expressed during embryonic life, it is not immunogenic in humans. The use of anti-idiotypic (Id) antibodies as a surrogate of antigen in the immunization has been considered a promising strategy for breaking tolerance to some tumor associated antigens. We have described an anti-Id monoclonal antibody (MAb), designated(More)
Aiming to evaluate some parameters to influence the immune response to DNA vaccination, we compare three protocols of DNA immunization (i.m. injections, i.m. injections followed by electroporation, and the effect of i.p. injection of stably antigen-transfected cells before DNA administration), using three different antigens. Statistical analyses showed that(More)
A novel, efficient transfection method, based on ultrasound and hydrodynamics, has been developed to transfect heart tissue with plasmid DNA. An ultrasound probe was aimed at the heart of anesthetized rats for 30 sec, at an intensity of 1 MHz and 2 W/cm2. The aorta was clamped and a phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution containing pSV-LacZ was quickly(More)
BACKGROUND The blasticidin S resistance gene (bsr) is a selectable marker used for gene transfer experiments. The bsr gene encodes for blasticidin S (BS) deaminase, which has a specific activity upon BS. Therefore, its expression is supposed to be harmless in cells. The work reported on herein consisted of experiments to verify a possible toxicity of bsr on(More)
Transduction of the retroviral vector LBmSN, which expresses the blasticidin S resistance gene bsrm in the murine keratinocyte cell line BALB/MK, induces death in these cells. Cell death is caused by a factor called DOKEB (death factor obtained from keratinocytes expressing bsrm), which is released before the cells' death. In this report we describe and(More)
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