Jannet Katz

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Stimulation of the APC by Porphyromonas gingivalis LPS has been shown to result in the production of certain pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. However, the signaling pathways that regulate these processes are currently unknown. In the present study, the role of the phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K)-Akt pathway in regulating P. gingivalis LPS-induced(More)
Monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL) is a nontoxic derivative of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) that exhibits adjuvant properties similar to those of the parent LPS molecule. However, the mechanism by which MPL initiates its immunostimulatory properties remains unclear. Due to the involvement of Toll-like receptors in recognizing and transducing intracellular signals in(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis is considered among the etiological agents of human adult periodontitis. Although in vitro studies have shown that P. gingivalis has the ability to invade epithelial cell lines, its effect on the epithelial barrier junctions is not known. Immunofluorescence analysis of human gingival epithelial cells confirmed the presence of(More)
In a rat periodontitis model, preinoculation with the Porphyromonas gingivalis HA2 binding domain for hemoglobin provided protection from disease. Protection was associated with induced anti-HA2 immunoglobulin G (IgG) humoral antibodies. The IgG subclass ratios suggested that relatively lower Th2/Th1-driven responses were directly associated with protection(More)
This paper provides a detailed description of the dissociation and maintenance in culture of cells derived from embryonic tissue and from the central nervous system of adult housefly, Musca domestica. Dissociation of embryonic tissue produced several cell types of which muscle and neurone-like cells predominated. These cells were morphologically distinct(More)
Francisella tularensis (FT) is a highly virulent pathogen for humans and other mammals. Severe morbidity and mortality is associated with respiratory FT infection and there are concerns about intentional dissemination of this organism. Therefore, FT has been designated a category A biothreat agent and there is a growing interest in the development of a(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis, a gram-negative, black-pigmented anaerobe, is among the microorganisms implicated in the etiology of adult periodontal disease. This bacterium possesses a number of factors, including hemagglutinins, of potential importance in virulence. Our laboratory has shown the induction of protection to P. gingivalis infection after(More)
Francisella tularensis is an infectious, gram-negative, intracellular microorganism, and the cause of tularemia. Invasion of host cells by intracellular pathogens like Francisella is initiated by their interaction with different host cell membrane receptors and the rapid phosphorylation of different downstream signaling molecules. PI3K and Syk have been(More)
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