Jennifer Q. Russell

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CD2 is a cell surface glycoprotein present on all T cells which has been shown to function as an adhesion and signaling molecule. Expressed early in T cell development, human CD2 (HCD2) has been suggested to play a role during thymopoiesis. However, the relevance of CD2 in T cell development has been called into question recently, as neither disruption of(More)
Humans and mice lacking functional caspase-8 in T cells manifest a profound immunodeficiency syndrome due to defective T cell antigen receptor (TCR)-induced NF-kappaB signaling and proliferation. It is unknown how caspase-8 is activated following T cell stimulation, and what is the caspase-8 substrate(s) that is necessary to initiate T cell cycling. We(More)
Between 1972 and 1982 Seattle experienced a diphtheria outbreak involving 1,100 cases, primarily adults with cutaneous lesions. Biotyping revealed three consecutive overlapping outbreaks including 433 toxinogenic intermedius cases. Isolates from each quarter year were examined for DNA restriction fragment patterns and hybridization patterns with three DNA(More)
Cellular FLIP long form (c-FLIP(L)) was originally identified as an inhibitor of Fas (CD95/Apo-1). Subsequently, additional functions of c-FLIP(L) were identified through its association with receptor-interacting protein (RIP)1 and TNFR-associated factor 2 to activate NF-kappaB, as well as by its association with and activation of caspase-8. T cells from(More)
Cellular FLIP long form (c-FLIP(L)) is a caspase-defective homologue of caspase-8 that blocks apoptosis by death receptors. The expression of c-FLIP(L) in T cells can also augment extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation after TCR ligation via the association of c-FLIP(L) with Raf-1. This contributes to the hyperproliferative capacity of T(More)
Little is understood of the anatomical fate of activated T lymphocytes and the consequences they have on the tissues into which they migrate. Previous work has suggested that damaged lymphocytes migrate to the liver. This study compares class I versus class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-restricted ovalbumin-specific T cell antigen receptor (TCR)(More)
Ag stimulation of CD8+ lymphocytes in vivo results in their migration to various tissues as well as the activation of a cytolytic program involving perforin, TNF-alpha, and Fas ligand. The liver is one of the main sites for infiltration by activated CD8+ T cells, and this is followed by the death of hepatocytes. The contribution of the various cytolytic(More)
The CD4-CD8- T cells that accumulate in lpr/lpr mice have previously expressed CD8, on the basis of studies of CD8 alpha gene demethylation. The actual requirement for CD8 interaction with class I MHC molecules to promote the appearance of CD4-CD8- T cells in lpr/lpr mice has also been suggested. To examine this point in more detail, the lpr mutation was(More)
Little is known regarding the function of γδ T cells, although they accumulate at sites of inflammation in infections and autoimmune disorders. We previously observed that γδ T cells in vitro are activated by Borrelia burgdorferi in a TLR2-dependent manner. We now observe that the activated γδ T cells can in turn stimulate dendritic cells in vitro to(More)
The nuclear factor of activated T (NFAT) cell family of transcription factors is important in regulating the expression of a broad array of genes, including cytokines, T cell surface receptors, and other transcription factors. NFATc1 and NFATc2 are two principal NFAT members that are expressed in peripheral T cells. Levels of NFAT expression in T cells are(More)