Magdalena Aguirre-García

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Dendritic cells (DC) and macrophages (Mphi) are well known as important effectors of the innate immune system and their ability to produce IL-12 indicates that they possess the potential of directing acquired immunity toward a Th1-biased response. Interestingly, the intracellular parasite Leishmania has been shown to selectively suppress Mphi IL-12(More)
Macrophages (Mphi) and dendritic cells (DC) are the major target cell populations of the obligate intracellular parasite Leishmania. Inhibition of host cell apoptosis is a method employed by multiple pathogens to ensure their survival in the infected cell. Leishmania has been shown to protect Mphi and neutrophils from both natural and induced apoptosis. As(More)
In mammalian hosts, Leishmania parasites are obligatory intracellular organisms that invade macrophages (M phi) and dendritic cells (DC). In M phi, the production of nitric oxide (NO) catalyzed by the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) has been implicated as a major defense against Leishmania infection. The modulation of this microbicidal mechanism by(More)
In parasites of the order Kinetoplastida, such as Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma brucei, glycolysis is carried out by glycolytic enzymes in glycosomes. One of the glycolytic enzymes is triosephosphate isomerase (TIM), which in T. brucei is localized exclusively in glycosomes, whereas in T. cruzi, the localization of TIM has not been fully ascertained. In(More)
Leishmania mexicana causes localized (LCL) or diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis (DCL). The cause of dissemination in DCL remains unknown, yet NK cells possibly play a role in activating leishmanicidal mechanisms during innate and adaptive immune responses. We had previously shown that Leishmania lipophosphoglycan (LPG) is a ligand for TLR2, activating human(More)
Leishmania species are dimorphic protozoan parasites that live and replicate in the gut of sand flies as promastigotes or in mammalian hosts as amastigotes. Different immune cells, including DCs, and receptors differ in their involvement in phagocytosis of promastigotes and amastigotes and in recognition of different Leishmania species. In the case of L.(More)
Dendritic cells (DC) are one of the principal host cells of the obligate intracellular parasite Leishmania. Inhibition of host cell apoptosis is a strategy employed by multiple pathogens to ensure their survival in the infected cell. We have previously shown that the infection of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (moDC) with Leishmania mexicana inhibits(More)
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