Melinda A. Borrello

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Identification of shared tumor-specific targets is useful in developing broadly applicable therapies. In a study designed to identify genes up-regulated in breast cancer, a cDNA clone corresponding to a novel gene C35 (C17orf37) was selected by representational difference analysis of tumor and normal human mammary cell lines. Abundant expression of C35(More)
B/macrophage cells are biphenotypic leukocytes of unknown function that simultaneously express B lymphocyte (IgM, IgD, B220, CD5) and macrophage (phagocytosis, F4/80, Mac-1) characteristics. B/macrophage cells can be generated from purified mouse B lymphocytes incubated in fibroblast-conditioned medium. A potential role for B/macrophage cells in(More)
Although fibroblasts are traditionally described as static cells providing framework and support for tissues, there is an accumulating body of evidence showing that fibroblasts are a dynamic cell type which exist in functionally and morphologically heterogeneous subpopulations. Fibroblast subsets have been shown to play a critical role in the production and(More)
Fibroblasts have an important structural role in the spleen, as they provide a scaffold of extracellular matrix in which cells of the immune system reside. Aside from their vague recognition as "stromal" or "reticular" components of the spleen, these cells have not been characterized. In this study, normal fibroblast lines from mouse [B6D2(F1)] spleen were(More)
Normal and malignant CD5+ B lymphocytes can develop macrophage-like characteristics. One stimulus of this phenotypic shift is culture of normal mouse splenic B lymphocytes with splenic fibroblasts or their conditioned media. These biphenotypic B/macrophage (B/M phi) cells simultaneously display macrophage characteristics, such as phagocytosis and F4/80(More)
Fibroblasts are the major resident cells which inhabit the periodontal tissues. As such, they are crucial for maintaining the connective tissues which support and anchor the tooth. Little is known of their origins, synthesis of regulatory cytokines and growth factors in health and disease, and importance in soft tissue regeneration. An emerging concept is(More)
Multiple periodontal pathogens sequentially colonize the subgingival niche during the conversion from gingivitis to destructive periodontal disease. An animal model of sequential immunization with key periodontal pathogens has been developed to determine whether T- and B-lymphocyte effector functions are skewed and fail to protect the host from pathogenic(More)
Antigen-specific T-cell clones were obtained from mice immunized with Fusobacterium nucleatum ATCC 10953 and/or Porphyromonas gingivalis 381. 10 BALB/c mice per group were immunized with F. nucleatum followed by P. gingivalis, or with P. gingivalis alone by intraperitoneal injection of viable microorganisms. Spleen T cells were isolated and stimulated in(More)