Jessica Dobbins

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In order to survey a universe of major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-presented peptide antigens whose numbers greatly exceed the diversity of the T cell repertoire, T cell receptors (TCRs) are thought to be cross-reactive. However, the nature and extent of TCR cross-reactivity has not been conclusively measured experimentally. We developed a system to(More)
The role of the plasma lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase reaction in the esterification of the cholesterol of human and baboon plasma high density lipoproteins has been studied. Human plasma was incubated in vitro, and the initial rate of cholesterol esterification in lipoprotein fractions obtained by chromatography on hydroxylapatite was determined. The(More)
To determine the factors pertinent to the etiology of pin tract infections, 214 pins in 42 patients were examined prospectively at the time of pin removal. Eighty-nine (41.6%) pin tracts were inflamed, 49 (22.9%) pins had loose anchorages, and 160 (74.8%) pin tips cultured positive for bacteria. The predominant organism cultured was Staphylococcus(More)
In an effective immune response, CD8+ T cell recognition of virally derived Ag, bound to MHC class I, results in killing of infected cells. The CD8alphabeta heterodimer acts as a coreceptor with the TCR, to enhance sensitivity of the T cells to peptide/MHC class I, and is two orders of magnitude more efficient as a coreceptor than the CD8alphaalpha. To(More)
The T cell costimulatory receptor CD28 is required for the full activation of naïve T cells and for the development and maintenance of Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells. We showed that the cytoplasmic domain of CD28 was bound to the plasma membrane in resting cells and that ligand binding to CD28 resulted in its release. Membrane binding by the CD28(More)
The TCR:CD3 complex transduces signals that are critical for optimal T cell development and adaptive immunity. In resting T cells, the CD3ε cytoplasmic tail associates with the plasma membrane via a proximal basic-rich stretch (BRS). In this study, we show that mice lacking a functional CD3ε-BRS exhibited substantial reductions in thymic cellularity and(More)
Over the last decade, advancements in the time and space resolution of microscopy technologies have enabled dissection of the molecular events involved in T cell Immunological Synapse (IS) formation. Using a combination of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and Fluorescence Lifetime Imagining Microscopy (FLIM), we have demonstrated dynamic plasma(More)
This article describes the infectious complications that occurred among four of the longest-term recipients of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. Infection arising from the drive lines, with spread to the mediastinal periprosthetic space, was the major limiting factor in long-term use of the device in these patients. Periprosthetic infections were due to(More)
The principal barrier to the extended use of the total artificial heart is infection that is centered on the biomaterial constituting the prosthetic device and exacerbated by the surrounding damaged tissue. Ultrastructural studies of total artificial hearts removed from two patients indicate a failure of true tissue integration and diffuse, adhesive(More)