Melissa L. Nguyen

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Many adaptive changes occur in response to chronic or repeated stress, involving complex regulatory interactions between central stress-related afferents and the central components of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. One change associated with chronic stress is an attenuation of corticosteroid receptor-mediated feedback inhibition of the HPA(More)
A major virulence factor of Bacillus anthracis is the anthrax Lethal Toxin (LeTx), a bipartite toxin composed of Protective Antigen and Lethal Factor. Systemic administration of LeTx to laboratory animals leads to death associated with vascular leakage and pulmonary edema. In this study, we investigated whether systemic exposure of mice to LeTx would induce(More)
Anthrax Lethal Toxin consists of Protective Antigen (PA) and Lethal Factor (LF), and current vaccination strategies focus on eliciting antibodies to PA. In human vaccination, the response to PA can vary greatly, and the response is often directed toward non-neutralizing epitopes. Variable vaccine responses have been shown to be due in part to genetic(More)
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