Heather M. Gibson

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CTLA-4 is a member of the costimulatory family, has homology to CD28, and binds the B7 family of ligands. Unlike CD28, CTLA-4 ligation transmits a negative signal in T cells. CTLA-4 expression, while inducible in most T cells, is expressed constitutively on T cells with a regulatory phenotype. The mechanism controlling CTLA-4 expression in human T cells is(More)
Percutaneous cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure for tumor destruction, which can potentially initiate or amplify antitumor immunity through the release of tumor-associated antigens. However, clinically efficacious immunity is lacking and regional recurrences are a limiting factor relative to surgical excision. To understand the mechanism of(More)
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) is a costimulatory molecule that negatively regulates T-cell activation. Originally identified in murine CD8(+) T cells, it has been found to be rapidly induced on human T cells. Furthermore, CTLA-4 is expressed on regulatory T cells. Clinically, targeting CTLA-4 has clinical utility in the treatment of(More)
Host immunities are induced during cryoablation or oncolytic adenovirus therapy when the entire repertoire of tumor associated antigens (TAA) is released. Local and systemic protection is enhanced by the combined treatment with toll-like receptor agonist or immune stimulating cytokines. Non-surgical tumor ablation is an effective platform for in situ(More)
The goal is to elucidate the immune modulating activity of an adenovirus (Adv) vector which showed therapeutic activity in human clinical trials. The oncolytic adenovirus (Adv/CD-TK) expressing two suicide genes was tested in two HER2/neu positive BALB/c mouse mammary tumor systems: rat neu-induced TUBO and human HER2-transfected D2F2/E2. Intra-tumoral(More)
Percutaneous cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure for tumor destruction, which can potentially initiate or amplify antitumor immunity through the release of tumor-associated antigens. However, clinically efficacious immunity is lacking and regional recurrences are a limiting factor relative to surgical excision. To understand the mechanism of(More)
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