Logan Carlson

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IL-10 is a key pleiotropic cytokine that can both promote and curb Th2-dependent allergic responses. In this study, we demonstrate a novel role for IL-10 in promoting mast cell expansion and the development of IgE-mediated food allergy. Oral OVA challenge in sensitized BALB/c mice resulted in a robust intestinal mast cell response accompanied by allergic(More)
IgE antibodies and mast cells play critical roles in the establishment of allergic responses to food antigens. Curcumin, the active ingredient of the curry spice turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties, and thus may have the capacity to regulate Th2 cells and mucosal mast cell function during allergic responses. We assessed whether curcumin ingestion(More)
Ia molecule (Ek,b beta:Ek alpha or Ak beta:Ak alpha)-containing planar membranes were constructed with cholesterol and a 9:1 molar ratio of the phospholipids dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine and dilinoleoyl phosphatidylcholine. This lipid composition was found to be optimal for the stimulation of T cell hybridomas of different specificities. Use of this(More)
Planar lipid membranes containing the purified Ia molecule E beta k:E alpha k can present a peptide antigen derived from cytochrome c to the T cell hybridoma 2B4.11. The incorporation of E beta k:E alpha k into planar membranes was linear over a 120-fold range of Ia molecule concentrations, permitting the dependence of the T cell response on the Ia molecule(More)
Using a quantitative microchemical mapping approach combined with surgical cuts of fiber tracts, the contributions of centrifugal pathways to choline acetyltransferase activity were mapped three-dimensionally in the cat cochlear nucleus. Large reductions of choline acetyltransferase activity, averaging 70%, were measured in almost all parts of the(More)
The distribution of choline acetyltransferase activity in the cochlear nucleus of Sprague-Dawley albino rats was quantitatively compared to those in two strains of pigmented rats, Long Evans hooded and Brown Norway, using microdissection and radiometric assay techniques. Although activities tended to be, on the whole, higher in the albino rats, the(More)
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