Kerri R. Thomas

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Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells limit inflammatory responses and maintain immune homeostasis. Although comprised of several phenotypically and functionally distinct subsets, the differentiation of specialized Treg cell populations within the periphery is poorly characterized. We demonstrate that the development of T-bet(+) Treg cells that potently(More)
Immune tolerance and activation depend on precise control over the number and function of immunosuppressive Foxp3(+) regulatory T (T reg) cells, and the importance of IL-2 in maintaining tolerance and preventing autoimmunity is clear. However, the homeostatic requirement for IL-2 among specific populations of peripheral T reg cells remains poorly(More)
The effect of various osmotica and lytic enzyme treatments, on the release of stable protoplasts from Aspergillus niger and two strains of Aspergillus fumigatus, has been investigated. Most osmotica supported protoplast release at a concentration of 0.6 M except for CaCl2 and Ca(NO3)2. Supplementation of 0.6 M KCl with 0.2 M CaCl2 enhanced release from both(More)
Lymphoproliferative responses against a preparation of Eimeria bovis antigens (EBAg) were measured in E. bovis-immune and naive animals. Optimal lymphocyte responsiveness could be measured after 7 days of culture in the presence of antigen at a cell concentration of 2 X 10(5) cells per well. The specificity of the reaction was confirmed by limiting dilution(More)
The effects of beta-glucuronidase and chitinase have been tested on the hydrolysis of the cell walls of the economically important fungi, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus fumigatus. The extent of wall hydrolysis was measured by assaying for total reducing sugars, N-acetyl sugars and protoplast production. Maximum reducing sugar release was attained after(More)
The influx of neutrophils into the alveolar structures can be induced by stimulation of the resident lung phagocyte, the alveolar macrophage, to release a potent neutrophil chemoattractant(s). We hypothesized that the fifth component of complement (C5) on the cell surface may be required for activation of the alveolar macrophage to release neutrophil(More)
The transfer of nurse education into higher education institutions in the late 1990s resulted in the separation of nursing practice and education. Since then, it has often been difficult for student nurses in practice placements to demonstrate that they have achieved their learning outcomes in relation to the assessment tool. Many have asked for support(More)
The stimulated alveolar macrophage is a potent source of neutrophil chemotactic activity. The release of this chemotactic activity can be inhibited by pretreating alveolar macrophages with anti-C5 antibody. We hypothesized that C5a, a fragment cleaved from C5 when C5 is activated, might activate the alveolar macrophage to release neutrophil chemotactic(More)
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