Kevin R. Bobbitt

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HIV causes a chronic infection by evading immune eradication. A key element of HIV immune escape is the HIV-1 Nef protein. Nef causes a reduction in the level of cell surface major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) protein expression, thus protecting HIV-infected cells from anti-HIV cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) recognition and killing. Nef also(More)
The HIV Nef protein is thought to promote HIV immune evasion by downmodulating MHC-I and protecting infected cells from CTL killing. In addition, we demonstrated that Rev, an HIV regulatory protein needed for expression of the HIV late genes, can influence CTL killing. When Rev activity level was reduced by virtue of amino acid alterations in the Rev(More)
The B cell coreceptor CD22 plays an important role in regulating signal transduction via the B cell Ag receptor. Studies have shown that surface expression of CD22 can be modulated in response to binding of ligand (i.e., mAb). Thus, it is possible that alterations in the level of CD22 expression following binding of natural ligand(s) may affect its ability(More)
The major histocompatability class II heterodimer (class II) is expressed on the surface of both resting and activated B cells. Although it is clear that class II expression is required for Ag presentation to CD4(+) T cells, substantial evidence suggests that class II serves as a signal transducing receptor that regulates B cell function. In ex vivo B cells(More)
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