Michael Walters

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Dendritic cells (DCs) are special subsets of antigen-presenting cells characterized by their highly potent capacity to activate immunologically naive T cells. Here we report that DCs that are transfected with CD95 ligand (CD95L) cDNA, called 'killer' DCs, deliver death signals, instead of activation signals, to T cells after antigen-specific interaction.(More)
Zanamivir is a highly selective neuraminidase (NA) inhibitor with demonstrated clinical efficacy against influenza A and B virus infections. In phase II clinical efficacy trials (NAIB2005 and NAIB2008), virological substudies showed mean reductions in virus shedding after 24 h of treatment of 1.5 to 2.0 log(10) 50% tissue culture infective doses compared to(More)
USP7 (HAUSP) is a deubiquitinating enzyme, which plays a crucial role in regulating the levels of the p53 tumour suppressor protein, through its ability to prevent the proteasomal degradation of the Ubiquitin ligase for p53, Hdm2. Supporting evidence suggests that an inhibitor of USP7 would act to abrogate the action of Hdm2, and thereby elevate levels of(More)
Three fluoroquinolone-susceptible and five fluoroquinolone-resistant (two with ParC Ser79Phe mutations, one with a GyrA Ser81Phe mutation, and two that were efflux positive) Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates were exposed to one, two, four, eight, and sixteen times the MICs of ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, and moxifloxacin.(More)
We present a case study on how Georgia State University (GSU) has grown its active High Performance Computing (HPC) research community by 80% in 2015 over previous year, and how GSU is projected to double its active HPC research community for 2016 over 2015. In October 2015, GSU launched an institutional HPC resource, Orion, which provides batch and(More)
BACKGROUND A previous observational study detected a strong positive relationship between sick leave absences and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in office buildings in the Boston area. The authors speculated that the observed association was due to a causal effect associated with low dilution ventilation, perhaps increased airborne transmission of(More)
Beech bark disease was discovered in Michigan in 2000 and will likely kill at least 50% of mature American beech trees. Our study was designed to determine how wildlife resource abundance will be affected as beech bark disease spreads and intensifies throughout Michigan. We assessed the potential impact in forest stands with varying beech densities (low,(More)
Heterotypic hybrids created between dendritic cells (DC) and tumor cells represent an efficient approach for loading DC with tumor-associated antigens (TAA) and DC-tumor hybrid vaccines have shown promising outcomes in various preclinical and clinical studies. Conventional DC-tumor hybrid preparations, however, are unavoidably contaminated by DC-tumor(More)