Deepanker Tewari

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Trypomastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi express a set of surface glycoproteins known, collectively, as Tc-85. A monoclonal antibody to these proteins, named H1A10, inhibits (50-90%) in vitro parasite interiorization into host cells, thus implicating these glycoproteins in the infection process. Two DNA inserts, a genomic DNA fragment and a full-length cDNA(More)
The previously identified major protein components of the paraflagellar rod in Trypanosoma cruzi, PAR 1 and PAR 2, were analyzed to determine if they are distinct proteins or different conformations of a single polypeptide as has been suggested for other trypanosomatids. Amino acid sequence analysis showed PAR 1 and PAR 2 to be two distinct polypeptides.(More)
Interleukin-16 (IL-16) is secreted by activated CD8+ T lymphocytes and acts on CD4+ T lymphocytes, monocytes and eosinophils. Recently, the C-terminal 130-amino acid portion of IL-16 was shown to suppress HIV-1 replication in vitro. To explore the potential of human IL-16 for gene therapy, this portion was transfected into HIV-1-susceptible CD4+ Jurkat(More)
HIV-1 gag p17 protein is an attractive target for molecular intervention, because it is involved in the viral replication cycle at both the pre- and postintegration levels. In the present experiments, we targeted p17 by intracellularly expressing a cDNA encoding an Ab to p17. cDNA from a hybridoma-secreting Ab to p17 was cloned, sequenced, reconstructed as(More)
We have previously described a tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) response element, located between residues -188 and -140 of the human decorin promoter, that mediates the inhibitory effect of TNF-alpha on decorin gene expression (Mauviel, A., Santra, M., Chen, Y.-Q., Uitto, J., and Iozzo, R. V. (1995) J. Biol. Chem. 270, 11692-11700). In this report,(More)
The trypomastigote specific surface antigens of Trypanosoma cruzi are encoded by a supergene family which includes the TSA family. The TSA family is characterized by the presence of a 27-bp tandem repeat array in the coding region. Here, we report the characterization and analysis of the three TSA family members in the Esmeraldo strain of the parasite. In(More)
Plasmids containing single chain Fv (scFv) non-neutralizing human anti-HIV-1 gp41 Ab cDNA, with or without endoplasmic reticulum (ER) or trans-Golgi network (TGN) retention signals, were constructed. Stable transfectants expressing these scFvs then were generated from COS-7 cells and HIV-1-susceptible CD4+ human T cells (Jurkat). scFv without a retention(More)
BACKGROUND Previously we reported that human CD4(+) T cell lines stably expressing anti-HIV-1 gag p17 scFv/Ckappa in the cytosol or nucleus were resistant to HIV-1 challenge. Inhibition of HIV-1 by anti-HIV-1 gag p17 scFv/Ckappa occurred at both the pre- and post-integration steps of the viral cycle. To simulate more closely the in vivo infection process,(More)
CD4+ T cells transfected with the C-terminal 130 aa of human IL-16 are rendered resistant to HIV infection. Whether the constitutively expressed IL-16 acts intracellularly, extracellularly, or both is not clear. To address this question and to further study the processing of IL-16, new constructs containing either the C-terminal 130 aa or the C-terminal 100(More)
HIV-1 replication is inhibited in T cells transfected with an anti-gp41 single chain antibody (ScFv) or IL-16. These two molecules target totally different events in the HIV-1 replication cycle. The present study shows that HIV-1 replication is inhibited to a substantially greater extent and for a longer duration in cells transfected with both anti-gp41 and(More)