Denis R. Burger

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Recent advances in vascular gene transfer have shown potential new treatment modalities for cardiovascular disease, particularly in the treatment of vascular restenosis. The antisense approach to inhibiting gene expression involves introducing oligonucleotides complementary to mRNA into cells in order to block any one of the following processes: uncoiling(More)
Activation of human T cells requires presentation of antigen by Ia (HLA-DR in man) bearing cells of the mononuclear phagocytic series (macrophages, MO, and more recently Langerhans cells, dendritic cells, and vascular endothelial cells. Since T cells must cross endothelial barriers to enter extravascular tissues during immune reactions, we investigated the(More)
Endothelial cells line the vessels and lymphatics forming a barrier between circulating T cells and the extravascular tissue site of antigen. We have suggested that circulating T cells recognize antigen on the surface of endothelial cells, resulting in the activation of the endothelium such that the endothelial cells then release the key mediators of a(More)
Antigen-specific proliferation of human T cells sensitized in vitro was found to be macrophage dependent and HLA-DR restricted. Primary sensitization or secondary restimulation did not occur in the absence of antigen-presenting macrophages. The macrophage requirement for secondary restimulation was restricted by specificities shared between macrophages used(More)
Erythropoietin (EPO), a glycoprotein essential for red blood cell production acts on several non-erythropoietic tissues. The EPO receptor (EPOR) is expressed in a variety of cell types including neurons, endothelial cells, and cardiomyocytes. Recently, a number of reports have indicated that EPO preserves heart function in models of cardiac(More)
Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and polyclonal immune sera were produced and used to identify the major antigens of bovine herpesvirus type 4 (BHV-4). SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of immunoprecipitates of radiolabeled lysates from infected cells resolved 24 peptide bands varying from 12kDa to over 300kDa. Six peptides were identified as major viral(More)
Limiting dilution analysis (LDA) of primary lymphocyte cultures was used to determine the frequency of keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH)-specific precursors in the peripheral blood of unimmunized individuals. The KLH-specific precursor frequencies ranged from 1:150,000 to 1:340,000. In contrast, frequencies of KLH-specific cells in the blood from immune(More)