Heidi Hoerig

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PURPOSE The receptor for advanced glycation end products (AGEs) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications. This study was conducted to characterize the role of the RAGE axis in a murine model of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). METHODS The retinas of hyperglycemic, hyperlipidemic (HGHL, apolipoprotein E(-/-) db/db)(More)
The generation of cytotoxic effector T cells requires delivery of two signals, one derived from a specific antigenic epitope and one from a costimulatory molecule. A phase I clinical trial was conducted with a non-replicating canarypoxvirus (ALVAC) constructed to express both human carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and the B7.1 costimulatory molecule. This was(More)
Immunotherapy for the treatment of metastatic melanoma remains a major clinical challenge. The melanoma microenvironment may lead to local T cell tolerance in part through downregulation of costimulatory molecules, such as B7.1 (CD80). We report the results from the first clinical trial, to our knowledge, using a recombinant vaccinia virus expressing B7.1(More)
Secondary lymphoid chemokine (SLC) attracts mature dendritic cells (DCs) and naïve T cells. Co-localization of these cells within local tumor environments may enhance the induction of tumor-specific T cells. However, the presence of danger signals or other DC maturation signals are required to optimize T-cell priming. We hypothesized that expression of SLC(More)
CCL21 (SLC/6Ckine) is constitutively expressed by secondary lymphoid tissue and attracts CCR7-expressing mature dendritic cells and naive T cells. Recent studies demonstrated that intra-tumoral delivery of CCL21 induces tumor regression in a T cell dependent manner. CCL21 is known to mediate T cell trafficking but little is known about its function as a(More)
Transition-state theory has led to the design of Immucillin-H (Imm-H), a picomolar inhibitor of purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP). In humans, PNP is the only route for degradation of deoxyguanosine, and genetic deficiency of this enzyme leads to profound T cell-mediated immunosuppression. This study reports the biological effects and mechanism of action(More)
Induction of cytokine gene transcription by recombinant human IL-2 (rhIL-2) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy donors was studied by qualitative polymerase chain reaction. In all donors tested, optimal doses of rhIL-2-induced transcription of genes encoding for IL-5, GM-CSF, IFN-gamma, and TNF-alpha whereas transcription of(More)
Translational Research (TR) provides a set of tools and communication context for scientists and clinicians to optimize the drug discovery and development process. In the proceedings of a Princeton conference on this timely topic, the strengths and needs of this developing field were debated. Outcomes and key points from these discussions are summarized in(More)