Elena Svirshchevskaya

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the antitumor effect of mouse immunization with human mucin 1 gene (muc 1) DNA plasmids combined with simultaneous injections of human mucin 1 (MUC1) protein. MATERIALS AND METHODS MUC1 DNA was cloned in pBK-CMV to prepare DNA plasmids and in pET22b(+) to produce proteins. Three strains of mice, immunized with DNA or DNA plus MUC1,(More)
BACKGROUND Allergic diseases represent a major health threat to humans. Allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) is one of the significant approaches to the treatment of IgE-mediated allergy and its control. The mechanisms involved in SIT-induced responses are complex and still speculative. Immunological events associated with successful SIT include an(More)
Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous fungus, is implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of clinically different allergic diseases in man, including allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. Peptide-based immunotherapy may offer an alternative treatment strategy for the management of allergic disease. The objective of this study was to alter the(More)
Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a severe allergic pulmonary complication caused by the saprophytic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. The present review examines the pathogenesis of this disease describing in detail the role of innate and acquired immunity in the induction of sensitivity to A.fumigatus. Different approaches in developing(More)
Ubiquitous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) is involved in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), a frequent infection in immunocompromized patients. Genetic differences are likely to play a role predisposing to IPA. This study was aimed to compare six genetically different mouse strains in their susceptibility to IPA and to determine possible(More)
BACKGROUND Rapamycin, an inhibitor of mammalian target of Rapamycin (mTOR), is an immunosuppressive agent that has anti-proliferative effects on some tumors. However, the role of Rapamycin-induced immune suppression on tumor progression has not been examined. METHODS We developed a transplantation model for generation of mammary tumors in syngeneic(More)
Identification of the target cells for the immunomodulatory action of muramyl dipeptide (MDP) was addressed by investigation of various B-cell and T-cell lines. The lines used were: IM-9, a human lymphoblastoid B-cell line that spontaneously produces IgG; EL-4, a murine T-cell line that produces interleukin-2 (IL-2) on stimulation with phorbol myristate(More)
Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous fungus, is implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of clinically different allergic diseases in man. Peptide-based immunotherapy may offer an alternative in patient care and management. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of T cell epitopes of A. fumigatus ribotoxin, Asp f 1 in inducing tolerance in mice(More)
Chitosan, (1-4)-2-amino-2-deoxy-beta-d-glucan, is a deacetylated form of chitin, an abundant biodegradable, positively charged natural polysaccharide. Chitosan is used for antigen delivery through mucosal barrier due to its ability to disrupt tight junctions. Here we produced new water-soluble low-molecular weight chitosan (LMW-Chi) lipid derivatives and(More)
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis and some other autoimmune diseases. Therapy with anti-TNF-α recombinant antibodies (Ab) appears to be highly effective. Production of new hyper-producing eukaryotic cell lines can decrease the treatment cost, which currently is very high. However, due to the complexity of protein(More)