Janko Nikolić-Z̆ugić

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The fate of an immature thymocyte is determined by the specificity of its alpha beta T-cell receptor. Only cells expressing receptors that interact with sufficient affinity with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules expressed on thymus epithelial cells are positively selected and go on to mature and seed the peripheral lymphoid organs. The H-2Kb(More)
In tumor transplantation models in mice, cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are typically the primary effector cells. CTLs recognize major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-associated peptides expressed by tumors, leading to tumor rejection. Peptides presented by cancer cells can originate from viral proteins, normal self-proteins regulated during(More)
Fas-deficient lpr and gld mice develop lymphadenopathy due to the accumulation of T cells with an unusual double negative (DN) (CD4-CD8-) phenotype. Previous studies have shown that these abnormal cells are capable of inducing redirected lysis of certain Fc receptor-positive target cells. Since the Fas ligand (FasL) has recently been shown to be partly(More)
We have previously isolated, and characterized in vitro, two subsets of CD4hi T cell receptor (TCR)hi single positive (SP) thymocytes: CD8- and CD8lo. In this report, we have analyzed phenotypic, functional, and developmental characteristics of these "late" CD4hi SP thymocyte subsets. The TCRhi phenotype and the elimination of T cells expressing TCR V beta(More)
DNA immunization has been shown to elicit both antibody and CTL responses against antigens expressed by infectious organisms. Because CTL responses have been implicated in rejection of cancer, we investigated whether DNA immunization by particle bombardment using a gene gun could induce CTL responses that were capable of rejecting tumors in mice. DNA(More)
We investigated mechanistic differences in antigen presentation between murine MHC class I variants H-2K(b) and H-2K(bm)8. H-2K(bm)8 differs from H-2K(b) by four residues at the floor of the peptide-binding site, affecting its B pocket which interacts with the second (P2) residue of the peptide. The rest of the molecule, including the T cell receptor(More)
The majority ( approximately 70%) of postselection CD4(+) single-positive (SP) thymocytes are CD8(lo)CD4(hi). These cells express very low levels of CD8, undetectable by flow cytofluorimetric (FCM) analysis, but sufficiently high to allow purification by panning. Unlike the fully mature CD8(-)CD4(hi) thymocytes, which account for the remaining approximately(More)
Previous studies from this laboratory have shown that >85% of old mice have stable B cell clonal populations detectable by Ig heavy chain complementary-determining region 3 mRNA size analysis and confirmed by sequence analysis. B cells from the same clone are frequently detected in several lymphoid compartments of the same mouse. We now report the phenotype(More)
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