Erica L. Heipertz

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The goal of the innate immune system is containment of a pathogen at the site of infection prior to the initiation of an effective adaptive immune response. However, effector mechanisms must be kept in check to combat the pathogen while simultaneously limiting undesirable destruction of tissue resulting from these actions. Here we demonstrate that innate(More)
Antiviral CD8(+) T cell recognition of MHC class I-peptide complexes on the surface of professional APCs is a requisite step in an effective immune response following many potentially lethal infections. Although MHC class I-peptide production is thought to be closely linked to the continued presence of virus, several studies have shown that the persistence(More)
BACKGROUND Antigen-specific CD4 T cells are activated by small numbers of antigenic peptide-MHC class II (pMHC-II) complexes on dendritic cells (DCs). RESULTS Newly generated pMHC-II complexes are present in small clusters on the DC surface. CONCLUSION pMHC-II clusters permit efficient T cell activation. SIGNIFICANCE The appearance of clustered(More)
The antigen processing compartments in antigen-presenting cells (APCs) have well known characteristics of multivesicular bodies (MVBs). However, the importance of MVB integrity to APC function remains unknown. In this study, we have altered the ultrastructure of the MVB by perturbing cholesterol content genetically through the use of a deletion of the lipid(More)
IFN regulatory factor (IRF)3 plays a detrimental role in the cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) mouse model of sepsis. However, it is unclear which pathway activates IRF3 in this context. In this report, we investigate two pathways that activate IRF3: the Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) pathway (that senses cytosolic DNA) and the TIR-domain-containing(More)
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