Lori Perez

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The present investigations were designed to determine the role of activity at mu, kappa, and delta opioid receptor subtypes in conditioned immunomodulation by evaluating the effects of selective opioid receptor antagonists on conditioned stimulus-induced alterations in immune status. Lewis rats were exposed to an aversive conditioned stimulus that was(More)
It has been recently demonstrated that dendritic cells (DC) coincubated with interleukin (IL)-15 express high levels of the Bcl-2 family of proteins and display an increased resistance to tumor-induced apoptotic death. Here, the phenotype, functions, and survival of human DC transduced with adenoviral vector encoding the human IL-15 gene were studied. The(More)
Development of tumors is regulated by tumor-derived neuroendocrine factors, including bombesin-like peptides (BLP). We have evaluated neuroendocrine regulation of dendritic cell (DC) maturation and function by both tumor-derived and purified bombesin (BOM), neuromedin B (NMB), gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP), and a BOM antagonist D-Phe-bombesin (DPB). BOM,(More)
Prior work in our laboratory has demonstrated that exposure to a conditioned aversive stimulus developed through pairings with electric shock results in pronounced alterations of immune status. These conditioned alterations of immune status include a decreased in natural killer cell activity, decreased production of interleukin-2 and gamma-interferon by(More)
Research from our laboratory has demonstrated that the presentation of an aversive conditioned stimulus produces pronounced suppression of several in vitro measures of immune status. The present study was designed to evaluate the role of central corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in the mechanisms mediating these conditioned effects. The aversive(More)
Induction of early apoptosis and ROS-generation activity in human gingival fibroblasts (HGF) and human submandibular gland carcinoma (HSG) cells treated with curcumin. Apoptotic effect of ethyl-4-isothiocyanatobutanoate is associated with DNA damage, proteasomal activity and induction of p53 and p21cip1/waf1. Apoptosis, 11, 1299. 7. Apoptotic effect of(More)
Previous studies have shown that central injection of bombesin produces hypothermia in food-deprived, but not food satiated rats at normal ambient temperatures. The present study evaluated the effects of bombesin on core body temperature (Tb) and feeding behavior in rats pretreated with insulin. Administration of bombesin (0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 microgram) into(More)
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