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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by a breakdown of tolerance to nuclear antigens and the development of immune complexes. Genomic approaches have shown that human SLE leukocytes homogeneously express type I interferon (IFN)-induced and neutrophil-related transcripts. Increased production and/or(More)
Despite tuberculosis resurgence and extensive dendritic cell (DC) research, there are no in vivo studies evaluating DC within regional lymphoid tissue during airways infection with virulent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) H37Rv. Using DC-specific antibodies, immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) for bacilli staining, we searched for(More)
Experimental protocols for cancer immunotherapy include the utilization of autologous monocyte-derived dendritic cells (moDC) pulsed with tumor antigens. However, disease can alter the characteristics of monocyte precursors and some patients have increased numbers (up to 40%) of the minor CD16(+) monocyte subpopulation, which in healthy individuals(More)
Scarce information exists about the role of lung antigen-presenting cells (APCs) in vivo during pulmonary tuberculosis. As APCs activate cellular immunity, following intratracheal inoculation with virulent Mycobacterium tuberculosis, we assessed in situ lung APC recruitment, distribution, granuloma involvement, morphology and mycobacterial burden by using(More)
Alveolar macrophages (AM) and dendritic cells (DCs) are the main antigen presenting cells (APCs) in the respiratory tract. Whereas macrophages have been extensively studied in tuberculosis, in situ interactions of DC with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) are poorly explored. We aimed to characterize lung APCs during pulmonary tuberculosis in Balb/C mice(More)
Currently Staphylococcus aureus is the predominant pathogen isolated from the respiratory tract of patients with recurrent tonsillitis. Because of an increase in multi-drug resistant strains of S. aureus, there is a pressing need for effective treatments and preventive approaches to reduce the risk of invasive and life-threatening infections. A preventive(More)
Even after the improvements made in recent years in early diagnosis and treatments, breast cancer is still the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in women around the world. Several attempts to design new alternative therapies like immunotherapy have been evaluated in clinical trials, but they have shown limited efficacy. The failure of(More)
In the consortium "ALLOVIR" we aim to characterize the effect of CMV and BKV infections on the innate immune responses to viral and alloantigens. Furthermore, we want to characterize the interplay between adaptive immune responses to viral and alloantigens with emphasis on the role of heterologous immunity. Thirdly, we will characterize the manifestations(More)
Neutrophils are one the earliest, crucial innate defenses against innumerable pathogens. Their main microbicidal activities include phagocytosis and degranulation, with many pharmacologically active molecules contributing to inflammation. Recently, a novel antimicrobial mechanism was discovered; the Neutrophil Extracelullar Traps (NETs) formed by extrusion(More)
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