Fabiola Oliveri

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The T-cell receptor is necessary and sufficient for recognition of peptides presented by major histocompatibility complex molecules. Other adhesion molecules, like CD4 or CD8, play an auxiliary role in antigen recognition by T cells. Here we analyse T-cell receptor (TCR) binding using a soluble rather than a cell-bound receptor molecule. A(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Human longevity seems to be directly correlated with optimal functioning of the immune system, suggesting that some genetic determinants of longevity reside in those polymorphisms for the immune system genes which regulate immune-inflammatory responses, in particular cytokine gene polymorphisms. The frequency of -174C single nucleotide(More)
Human ICOS (huICOS) is a T cell-specific molecule structurally related to CD28 and CTLA-4 with potent co-stimulatory activities on T cell proliferation, cytokine induction and T cell help for B cells. We have now cloned and characterized murine ICOS (muICOS). muICOS mRNA of 1.5 kb and 3.3 kb encodes a protein with a deduced molecular mass of 20.3 kDa, which(More)
The T cell-specific gamma gene family is organized into four V, J and C gene segments containing clusters (gamma 1, gamma 2, gamma 3, gamma 4) in germline DNA. We found that the V, J and C elements of gamma 2 are physically linked on a stretch of 6 kb of DNA while those of gamma 3 are found within a 15-kb region. Rearrangements take place only within the(More)
The (A/G)-308 polymorphism of the tumor necrosis factor alpha gene (TNF) is associated with age-related diseases, but its influence on longevity is controversial. We genotyped for this polymorphism 747 Italian volunteers (401 women and 346 men, age 19-110 years). By applying a genetic-demographic (GD) approach we found that, in men, the survival function of(More)
Recombinant DNA technology has been central in answering some of the most important questions in immunology and has recently helped to define the complex of membrane associated proteins on T-cell surfaces responsible for antigen recognition. Here André Traunecker and colleagues describe attempts to facilitate the analysis of this complex using genetic(More)
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