Jennifer Q. Russell

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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)
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)
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)
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)
Caspase-8, a cysteine-protease, initiates apoptosis when activated by death receptors. Caspase-8 is also essential for initiating T lymphocyte proliferation following T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) signaling. Given these disparate functions of caspase-8, we sought to determine whether this represented only a difference in the magnitude of caspase-8(More)
Activation of the innate immune system typically precedes engagement of adaptive immunity. Cells at the interface between these two arms of the immune response are thus critical to provide full engagement of host defense. Among the innate T cells at this interface are gammadelta T cells. gammadelta T cells contribute to the defense from a variety of(More)