Karen E Tkach

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Understanding how the immune system decides between tolerance and activation by antigens requires addressing cytokine regulation as a highly dynamic process. We quantified the dynamics of interleukin-2 (IL-2) signaling in a population of T cells during an immune response by combining in silico modeling and single-cell measurements in vitro. We demonstrate(More)
Variability within isogenic T cell populations yields heterogeneous 'local' signaling responses to shared antigenic stimuli, but responding clones may communicate 'global' antigen load through paracrine messengers, such as cytokines. Such coordination of individual cell responses within multicellular populations is critical for accurate collective reactions(More)
The NKG2D activating receptor has been implicated in numerous autoimmune diseases. We tested the role of NKG2D in models of autoimmunity and inflammation using NKG2D knockout mice and antibody blockade experiments. The severity of experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE) was decreased in NKG2D-deficient mice when the disease was induced with a limiting(More)
Abnormal glycinergic neurotransmission has been implicated in the pathophysiology of DDT-induced myoclonus. To examine the role of glycine receptors in the DDT model, was measured [3H]strychnine receptor binding in brainstem and spinal cord in the rat after acute administration of DDT. The highest dose of DDT tested significantly increased both Bmax (20%)(More)
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