Giovanna Peñuelas-Rivas

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Cell transplantation to regenerate injured tissues is a promising new treatment for patients suffering several diseases. Bone marrow contains a population of progenitor cells known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have the capability to colonize different tissues, replicate, and differentiate into multilineage cells. Our goal was the isolation,(More)
Programmed death-1 (PD-1, CD279) is a molecule expressed on activated T, B and myeloid cells. The role of the interaction of PD-1 ligands (PD-L1 and PD-L2) with PD-1 receptor and the type of signals (costimulatory or inhibitory) that are delivered is a subject of intense debate. Our study has characterized two monoclonal antibodies (mAb) against murine(More)
The immunosuppressive effect of FTY720 is associated with the reversible sequestration of lymphocytes from the blood and the spleen into secondary lymphoid organs and reduced egress of mature thymocytes from the thymus. This work was designed to dissect the differential effect of FTY720 on CD4 and CD8 T cell-mediated mechanisms of skin graft rejection in(More)
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is endemic in southern parts of the American continent. Herein, we have tested the protective efficacy of a DNA-prime/T. rangeli-boost (TcVac4) vaccine in a dog (Canis familiaris) model. Dogs were immunized with two-doses of DNA vaccine (pcDNA3.1 encoding TcG1, TcG2, and TcG4 antigens plus IL-12- and(More)
Phosphorylated FTY720 is an analog of Sphingosine 1 Phosphate (S1P) with immunosuppressive activity that negatively regulates the expression of S1P-Receptor 1. It also inhibits the migration of CD4 and CD8 single-positive T cells from the thymus to the periphery, sequesters peripheral blood lymphocytes in lymph nodes and Peyer's patches, and delays the exit(More)
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