Harry V. Wright

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A role for Lyn kinase as a positive regulator of immunoglobulin (Ig)E-dependent allergy has long been accepted. Contrary to this belief, Lyn kinase was found to have an important role as a negative regulator of the allergic response. This became apparent from the hyperresponsive degranulation of lyn-/- bone marrow-derived mast cells, which is driven by(More)
Interleukin-3 (IL-3) and stem cell factor (SCF) are important mast cell growth and differentiation factors. Since both cytokines activate the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (Stat5), a known regulator of proliferation and survival, we investigated the effects of Stat5 deficiency on mast cell development and survival.(More)
Mast cell activation through the high affinity IgE receptor (FcepsilonRI) is a critical component of atopic inflammation. The cytokine TGF-beta1 has been shown to inhibit IgE-dependent mast cell activation, possibly serving to dampen mast cell-mediated inflammatory responses. We present proof that TGF-beta1 inhibits mast cell FcepsilonRI expression through(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the mechanism by which interleukin (IL)-4 + IL-10 costimulation regulates mast cell numbers to maintain immune homeostasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS We employed mouse bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMC) to measure the effects of IL-4 + IL-10 on survival and cell-cycle progression. p53-Deficient,(More)
Mouse mast cell development and survival are largely controlled by the cytokines IL-3 and stem cell factor (SCF). We have found that IL-3 stimulation of bone marrow cells induces the production of TNF via a PI3K- and MAPK kinase/ERK-dependent pathway. Specifically, Mac-1-positive cells were responsible for TNF production, which peaked on days 7-10 of(More)
Mast cells are critical effectors of allergic disease, and are now implicated in immune responses observed in arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Because of their role in inflammation, understanding how mast cells develop is of clinical importance. In this study we determined the effects of IFN-gamma on mast cell survival. Using in vitro(More)
Interleukin-3 (IL-3) and stem cell factor (SCF) are important mast cell growth and differentiation factors. Since both cytokines activate the transcription factor Stat5, a known regulator of proliferation and survival, we investigated the effects of Stat5 deficiency on mast cell development and survival. This article will review data presented at The Fourth(More)