Kristin Lampe

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Homeostatic control of the immune system involves mechanisms that ensure the self-tolerance, survival and quiescence of hematopoietic-derived cells. In this study, we demonstrate that the GTPase of immunity associated protein (Gimap)5 regulates these processes in lymphocytes and hematopoietic progenitor cells. As a consequence of a recessive(More)
Previous work showed that administration of antigen-expressing apoptotic cells in vivo results in antigen-specific CD8+ T-cell responses independent of Toll-like receptor signaling. We report here that natural killer (NK) cells can serve a function directly upstream of this pathway and initiate robust adaptive immune responses via killing of(More)
Previously, we reported the abrogation of quiescence and reduced survival in lymphocytes from Gimap5(sph/sph) mice, an ENU germline mutant with a missense mutation in the GTPase of immunity-associated protein 5 (Gimap5). These mice showed a progressive loss of peripheral lymphocyte populations and developed spontaneous colitis, resulting in early mortality.(More)
Using a small scale ENU mutagenesis approach we identified a recessive germline mutant, designated Lampe1 that exhibited growth retardation and spontaneous hepatosteatosis. Low resolution mapping based on 20 intercrossed Lampe1 mice revealed linkage to a ∼14 Mb interval on the distal site of chromosome 11 containing a total of 285 genes. Exons and 50 bp(More)
Programmed death-1 (PD-1) plays an important role in mediating immune tolerance through mechanisms that remain unclear. Herein, we investigated whether PD-1 prevents excessive host tissue damage during infection with the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Surprisingly, our results demonstrate that PD-1-deficient mice have increased susceptibility to T.(More)
Absence of MHC class I expression is an important mechanism by which NK cells recognize a variety of target cells, yet the pathways underlying "missing-self" recognition, including the involvement of activating receptors, remain poorly understood. Using ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenesis in mice, we identified a germline mutant, designated Ace, with a marked(More)
Rhodamine 123 and epifluorescence microscopy revealed a significant portion of the fat cell's mitochondria existed in the form of clusters or aggregates, whereas the remainder were scattered about the cytoplasm. The aggregates were variable in size and number and apparently bore no fixed relationship to the nucleus or to each other. Mitochondrial clusters(More)
The immune system exerts a critical function as it recognizes and eliminates transformed or neoplastic cells, a process also referred to as immunosurveillance. NK cells play a particularly important role in that they are able to recognize tumor cells via "missing-self"-i.e., the absence of major histocompatibility complex Class I on target cells. Moreover,(More)