Michele L Gerber

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2013 marks a milestone year for plasmid DNA vaccine development as a first-in-class cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA vaccine enters pivotal phase 3 testing. This vaccine consists of two plasmids expressing CMV antigens glycoprotein B (gB) and phosphoprotein 65 (pp65) formulated with a CRL1005 poloxamer and benzalkonium chloride (BAK) delivery system designed to(More)
T17 (T-helper-17) cytokine responses have been recently recognized as an important component for the protective immunity produced by vaccination. However, the mechanism by which immune adjuvants induce T17 immunity has not been defined. We have developed a novel mucosal nanoemulsion (NE) adjuvant that produces a robust humoral and T1 cellular immunity.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of junctional adhesion molecule-A (JAM-A) in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS Biopsy specimens from proximal and distal arm skin and serum were obtained from patients with SSc and normal volunteers. To determine the expression of JAM-A on SSc dermal fibroblasts and in SSc skin, cell surface ELISAs and(More)
Muscarinic-cholinergic signals in brain are mediated in part through the hydrolysis of phosphoinositides (PtdIns) by phospholipase C (PLC). To test the hypothesis that muscarinic PtdIns signals change during aging, membranes were prepared from the cerebral cortex and hippocampus of young (4-6 months old), middle aged (8-10 months old) and senescent (24-26(More)
Activation of phospholipase C (PLC) coupled to phosphoinositide (PtdIns) hydrolysis occurs through one of the two pathways. One of the major pathways for the neurotransmitter signaling involves phosphoinositide (PtdIns) specific and G-protein dependent PLC-beta, which stimulates the formation of inositol triphosphate (IP3) and inositol tetraphosphate (IP4).(More)
OBJECTIVE SSc is characterized by microvascular abnormalities and leucocyte infiltration. Previous studies have suggested a proadhesive phenotype in SSc skin, but the functional consequences of this phenotype are not fully understood. Molecules known to mediate leucocyte adhesion include those present at intracellular junctions, such as junctional adhesion(More)
A biphasic curve was observed when surviving allogeneic lytic activity was plotted as a function of irradiation delivered before sensitization. Flow cytometry analysis demonstrated that the number of cells was reduced in response to increasing dose and that subset precursors Lyt 1+2+ were proportionally more radiosensitive than the other subsets.(More)
A case of endocarditis associated with six entrapped endocardial pacer leads is presented. Because of many failed attempts at removing them by conservative measures, cardiopulmonary bypass was needed; concomitant redo coronary bypass grafts were done. To our knowledge, this represents a unique case, the like of which has not been reported previously.(More)