David P. Sester

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Mouse p202 containing two hemopoietic expression, interferon inducibility, nuclear localization (HIN) domains antagonizes AIM2 inflammasome signaling and potentially modifies lupus susceptibility. We found that only HIN1 of p202 binds double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), while HIN2 forms a homotetramer. Crystal structures of HIN1 revealed that dsDNA is bound on(More)
Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (CSF-1) controls the survival, differentiation and proliferation of cells of the mononuclear phagocyte system. A second ligand for the CSF-1R, Interleukin 34 (IL-34), has been described, but its physiological role is not yet known. The domestic pig provides an alternative to traditional rodent models for evaluating(More)
The draft genome of the domestic pig (Sus scrofa) has recently been published permitting refined analysis of the transcriptome. Pig breeds have been reported to differ in their resistance to infectious disease. In this study we examine whether there are corresponding differences in gene expression in innate immune cells We demonstrate that macrophages can(More)
Murine macrophages are able to distinguish bacterial from mammalian DNA. The response is mimicked by single-stranded oligonucleotides containing unmethylated CG dinucleotides ("CpG" motifs) in specific sequence contexts. The dose-response curve for activation is influenced by variation in the sequence flanking the core CpG motif. CpG or bacterial DNA(More)
There is considerable interest in determining the conditions leading to enhanced inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) gene expression and nitric oxide (NO) biosynthesis. Using in vivo footprinting, we demonstrate that heat shock of murine macrophages concurrent with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment stimulated changes in guanine methylation sensitivity(More)
Csf1r mRNA in adult mice is expressed in cells of the macrophage lineage, and during development, it is also expressed from a separate promoter in placental trophoblast cells. This mouse trophoblast promoter sequence is conserved across species, but human trophoblasts actually initiate transcription from a separate promoter 20 kb upstream, which is not(More)
The gene encoding the receptor for macrophage colony-stimulating factor (CSF-1R) is expressed exclusively in cells of the myeloid lineages as well as trophoblasts. A conserved element in the second intron, Fms-Intronic Regulatory Element (FIRE), is essential for macrophage-specific transcription of the gene. However, the molecular details of how FIRE(More)
Inflammasomes mediate inflammatory and cell death responses to pathogens and cellular stress signals via activation of procaspases-1 and -8. During inflammasome assembly, activated receptors of the NLR or PYHIN family recruit the adaptor protein ASC and initiate polymerization of its pyrin domain (PYD) into filaments. We show that ASC filaments in turn(More)
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