Linda A. Piccinini

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Studies were conducted to examine the regulation of HLA class II gene expression in human thyroid cells in vitro. Normal human thyroid cells cultured in the absence of lectin or gamma-interferon stimulation lacked detectable HLA-DR cell surface antigen, although low levels of DR alpha-chain-specific mRNA were present. Cyclosporine A, known to inhibit(More)
Major histocompatibility (MHC) class II antigen expression by thyroid epithelial cells has been widely implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid disease. We have examined rat MHC (RT1) class II antigen gene regulation in 1B-6 cells, cloned in our laboratory from the Fisher rat thyroid line FRT-L5. 1B-6 cells are TSH dependent for growth and(More)
The association between MHC polymorphisms and autoimmune thyroid disease has been complicated by the observation of MHC class II antigen expression by the human thyroid gland. It is possible that the MHC associations observed in animal and human population studies may have mechanistic explanations at the level of the thyroid cell. There is evidence for(More)
We have used a retroviral vector carrying the adenovirus E1A oncogene and the neomycin phosphotransferase gene to establish a human thyroid-derived cell line that exhibits TSH-mediated cAMP generation as well as the differential expression of HLA class II antigens in response to recombinant gamma-interferon. Twenty-two-week gestation, histologically(More)
In culture, B16/C3 murine melanoma cells grown in the presence of serum undergo melanogenesis at a specific time after plating. At this time, melanin is synthesized intracellularly and then secreted into the extracellular culture fluid. We have found that melanin secretion is dependent on the presence of serum in the growth medium. When confluent cultures(More)
The expression of the cytotoxic cytokines tumor necrosis factor alpha and TNF beta or lymphotoxin (LT) was assessed in rat cardiac transplants during rejection. Newborn rat cardiac grafts placed in adult rat ear pinnae were retrieved on days 1 through 10 posttransplantation; the average time to rejection, assessed by the absence of detectable(More)
The B16/C3 murine melanoma is a pigmented tumor that is rich in the copper-containing enzyme, tyrosinase. This enzyme, which converts tyrosine to melanin precursors, is largely associated with membrane fractions of cells and exists in a number of discrete isozymic forms ranging in molecular mass from 58,000 to 150,000 daltons and pI from 3.4 to 5.2. One of(More)