Margaret B. Allison

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An optimal immune response should differentiate between harmful and innocuous antigens. Primitive systems of innate immunity, such as the complement system, may play a role in this distinction. When activated, the C3 component of complement attaches to potential antigens on microorganisms. To determine whether this alters acquired immune recognition, mice(More)
The B-1 subset of B lymphocytes is maintained by self-renewal of mature cells, and this process may involve signaling through membrane immunoglobulin (mIg). We determined whether CD19, a membrane protein that co-stimulates B cells by mIg, has a role in this process. Pre-natal treatment of mice with 1D3, a rat anti-mouse CD19 monoclonal antibody,(More)
Innate immunity directs the adaptive immune response by identifying antigens that are associated with infectious agents. Although some microbial antigens can be recognized by innate immune receptors, most cannot, and these require identification by some other means. The introduction of aldehydes into antigens by glycolaldehyde, which can be produced by(More)
Leptin is a critical regulator of metabolism, which acts on brain receptors (Lepr) to reduce energy intake and increase energy expenditure. Some of the cellular pathways mediating leptin's anorectic actions are identified, but those mediating the thermogenic effects have proven more difficult to decipher. We define a population of neurons in the dorsomedial(More)
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