J Alastair Gracie

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Dendritic cells (DCs) comprise heterogeneous subsets of professional antigen-presenting cells, linking innate and adaptive immunity. Analysis of DC subsets has been hampered by a lack of specific DC markers and reliable quantitation assays. We characterised the immunophenotype and functional characteristics of psoriatic arthritis (PsA)-derived and(More)
Interleukin 18 (IL-18), a member of the IL-1 superfamily of cytokines has been demonstrated to be an important mediator of both innate and adaptive immune responses. Several reports have implicated its role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although biologic therapy is firmly established in the treatment of a number of inflammatory diseases(More)
This study has examined the ability of adoptively transferred CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to mediate rejection of a fully allogeneic DA renal graft in the PVG nude rat. Transfer, at the time of transplantation, of naive CD4+ T cells caused rapid graft rejection and primed CD4+ cells were several times more potent. In contrast, naive or specifically sensitized(More)
IL-2 responses are susceptible to suppression by TGFbeta, a cytokine widely implicated in suppression of inflammatory responses and secreted by many different tumor cell types. There have been conflicting reports regarding inhibition of IL-2-induced STAT3 and STAT5 phosphorylation by TGFbeta and subsequent suppression of immune responses. Using(More)
This study has examined the cellular and humoral responses underlying the rejection of rat renal allografts bearing an isolated RT1Aa class I MHC disparity. RT1Aa disparate kidneys were rejected promptly by high responder RT1u but not by low responder RT1c recipients (median survival time 10 d and greater than 100 d, respectively). The magnitude and(More)