Lisa M Goldsack

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis uses numerous mechanisms to avoid elimination by the infected host. In this study, we investigated the possibility whether, similar to other pathogens, M. tuberculosis exploits natural CD4+ CD25+ T-regulatory cells (Treg) to suppress the effector function of responding host lymphocytes, thus enhancing its survival. During a(More)
Efforts to develop a new, more effective vaccine for tuberculosis have been hampered by a lack of understanding of what constitutes a protective memory immune response. While interferon gamma production by CD4(+) T cells after vaccination is commonly used as a surrogate of protective memory immunity, its use in this regard appears to have little predictive(More)
CD4(+)CD25(+) natural T regulatory cells (Tregs) have been shown to suppress protective immune responses in several different vaccination models. Since the effect of Tregs on vaccination against tuberculosis (Tb) was unknown, we used a murine model to investigate whether natural Tregs suppress the development of protective immunity following Mycobacterium(More)
IL-12p40 and macrophages are essential for the induction of disease in the mouse model of multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. In this paper, we show that treatment of mice with opsonized erythrocytes, which have been shown to ligate Fcgamma receptors on macrophages and alter their cytokine profile, significantly delayed the onset(More)
All known cell types use signal transduction systems to respond to an extracellular or intracellular event. The role of these systems can be to adapt to environmental changes or simply to maintain homeostasis. Cells detect and respond to stimuli in a number of ways. Here we review the mechanisms involved in the transmission of a signal from point of(More)
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