John Anzola

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18 cloned T cell lines reactive with Borrelia burgdorferi proteins, all CD3+4+8-TCR-alpha/beta+ and restricted by HLA class II proteins, were isolated from four patients with chronic Lyme arthritis. Analysis of these T cell clones indicated that the T cell response to the Lyme disease spirochete is not oligoclonally restricted; yet all produced the same(More)
The gene encoding an immunoreactive Borrelia burgdorferi HSP70 homolog was isolated and characterized. The predicted amino acid sequence of this spirochetal protein confirms that this gene encodes a member of the HSP70 family of proteins. Although there appears to be a single copy of this gene on the spirochetal chromosome, two distinct transcripts(More)
Novel non-nucleoside inhibitors of the HCV RNA polymerase (NS5b) with sub-micromolar biochemical potency have been identified which are selective for the inhibition of HCV NS5b over other polymerases. The structures of the complexes formed between several of these inhibitors and HCV NS5b were determined by X-ray crystallography, and the inhibitors were(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma worldwide-and is the main cause of adult liver transplants in developed nations. We have identified a class of novel and specific inhibitors of HCV NS5B RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) activity in vitro. Characterization of two such inhibitors,(More)
Forty-three CD3+4+8- TCR alpha beta+ Borrelia burgdorferi-reactive T cell clones isolated from the peripheral blood of a single patient with clinically active chronic Lyme arthritis were characterized. The spirochetal Ag recognized by 16 of these T cell clones was determined by reactivity with a panel of recombinant spirochetal Ag, which included the OspA,(More)
We have characterized immunogenic epitopes of the 31-kDa outer surface protein A (OspA) protein of Borrelia burgdorferi, which is a major surface Ag of the spirochete causing Lyme disease. Full length and truncated forms of rOspA proteins were expressed in Escherichia coli, and their reactivities with antibodies and human T cell clones isolated from(More)
The gene encoding a Borrelia burgdorferi DnaJ homolog, located immediately 3' of the hsp70 gene, was characterized. Although there is a single copy of the dnaJ gene on the spirochetal chromosome, two distinct dnaJ transcripts are detected in B. burgdorferi RNA. RNA blot analysis indicates that the dnaJ gene can be transcribed alone or as part of a larger(More)