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Basic and acidic fibroblast growth factors (FGF's) are potent mitogens for capillary endothelial cells in vitro, stimulate angiogenesis in vivo, and may participate in tissue repair. An oligonucleotide probe for bovine basic FGF was designed from the nucleotide sequence of the amino-terminal exon of bovine acidic FGF, taking into account the 55 percent(More)
Clones encoding the angiogenic endothelial cell mitogen, basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF), have been isolated from human cDNA libraries made from kidney, fetal heart, fetal liver, term placenta, and a breast carcinoma. Basic FGF cDNA clones are present in these libraries at very low levels when compared to the quantity of the growth factor in the(More)
Obliterative bronchiolitis is the most significant long-term complication of lung and heart-lung transplantation characterized by the rapid development of obstructive airway disease. It is thought to be a manifestation of chronic rejection and has been treated, with limited success, with augmentation of immunosuppression. Early detection of obliterative(More)
Tuberculosis (TB) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases, with approximately two million people dying of TB annually. An effective therapeutic method for activating dendritic cells (DCs) and driving Th1 immune responses would improve host defenses and further the development of a TB vaccine. Given the(More)
Effective activation of dendritic cells (DCs) toward T helper (Th)-1 cell polarization would improve DC-based antitumor immunotherapy, helping promote the development of immunotherapeutic vaccines based on T-cell immunity. To achieve this goal, it is essential to develop effective immune adjuvants that can induce powerful Th1 cell immune responses. The(More)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) takes advantage of various cell types, allowing it to remain in the host for long periods. Because adipocytes have been proposed as niches for dormant M. tb in the latent state, understanding the interaction of virulent M. tb with adipocytes is important. We compared changes in cytokine secretion from 3T3-L1 murine(More)