David C. Gondek

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Contrary to the proinflammatory role of mast cells in allergic disorders, the results obtained in this study establish that mast cells are essential in CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T (T(Reg))-cell-dependent peripheral tolerance. Here we confirm that tolerant allografts, which are sustained owing to the immunosuppressive effects of T(Reg) cells, acquire a(More)
The immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily consists of many critical immune regulators, including the B7 family ligands and receptors. In this study, we identify a novel and structurally distinct Ig superfamily inhibitory ligand, whose extracellular domain bears homology to the B7 family ligand PD-L1. This molecule is designated V-domain Ig suppressor of T cell(More)
CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells (Treg) are potent immunosuppressive cells that are pivotal in the regulation of peripheral tolerance. In this report, we identify granzyme B (GZ-B) as one of the key components of Treg-mediated suppression. Induction of regulatory activity is correlated with the up-regulation of GZ-B expression. Proof of a functional involvement(More)
Infection with the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis is controlled primarily by IFN-gamma and Th1 immunity. In this study, we used cells from a Chlamydia-specific CD4(+) TCR-transgenic mouse to assess the role of IFN-gamma in development of Th1 immunity. We show that secretion of host IFN-gamma or the ability of host cells to respond to(More)
Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Chlamydia infections that ascend to the upper genital tract can persist, trigger inflammation, and result in serious sequelae such as infertility. However, mouse models in which the vaginal vault is inoculated with C. trachomatis do not(More)
CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells (T(reg)) play an important role in maintaining immunologic tolerance. Glucocorticoid-induced TNFR family-related gene (GITR) expressed preferentially at high levels on T(reg) has been shown to be a key player of regulating T(reg)-mediated suppression. A recent study reports that NF-kappaB-inducing kinase (NIK) expression in(More)
Granzyme B (GZB) has been implicated as an effector mechanism in regulatory T cells (T(reg)) suppression. In a model of T(reg)-dependent graft tolerance, it is shown that GZB- deficient mice are unable to establish long-term tolerance. Moreover, mice overexpressing the inhibitor of GZB, serine protease inhibitor 6, are also resistant to tolerization to(More)
Genital Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) infection induces protective immunity that depends on interferon-γ-producing CD4 T cells. By contrast, we report that mucosal exposure to ultraviolet light (UV)-inactivated Ct (UV-Ct) generated regulatory T cells that exacerbated subsequent Ct infection. We show that mucosal immunization with UV-Ct complexed with(More)
Gammaherpesviruses can persist in the host in the face of an aggressive immune response. T cells recognize Ags expressed in both the productive and latent phases of the virus life cycle, however little is known about their relative roles in the long-term control of the infection. In this study we used the murine gammaherpesvirus 68 model system to(More)
Chemokine receptors direct T lymphocytes to the site of an infection by following coordinated chemokine gradients, which allow their recruitment to specific tissues. Although identification of receptors needed for homing to some mucosal sites, such as skin and gut, have been elucidated, the receptors that direct lymphocytes to the genital mucosa remain(More)