Monica Jeongsoo Hong

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Vaccination has been the most widely used strategy to protect against viral infections for centuries. However, the molecular mechanisms governing the long-term persistence of immunological memory in response to vaccines remain unclear. Here we show that autophagy has a critical role in the maintenance of memory B cells that protect against influenza virus(More)
Integrins comprise a superfamily of alpha beta heterodimers that serve as cell signaling as well as adhesion molecules. We demonstrate that the alpha 3 beta 1 and alpha 6 beta 1 integrins are laminin/merosin receptors expressed in human thymocytes. By reverse transcriptase-PCR analysis, we determined that the alpha 3A beta 1, but not the alpha 3B beta 1,(More)
Beta 1 integrins are a family of alpha beta heterodimers that serve as cell surface receptors for extracellular matrix proteins. We demonstrate that the anti-mouse integrin beta 1 chain mAb KMI6 selectively recognizes a beta 1 epitope that is constitutively expressed by certain immature thymocytes and is induced only slightly on mature thymocytes and(More)
Exposure to cigarette smoke can initiate sterile inflammatory responses in the lung and activate myeloid dendritic cells (mDCs) that induce differentiation of T helper type 1 (Th1) and Th17 cells in the emphysematous lungs. Consumption of complement proteins increases in acute inflammation, but the contribution of complement protein 3 (C3) to chronic(More)
Airborne pathogens commonly trigger severe respiratory failure or death in smokers with lung disease. Cigarette smoking compromises the effectiveness of innate immunity against infections but the underlying mechanisms responsible for defective acquired immune responses in smokers remains less clear. We found that mice exposed to chronic cigarette smoke(More)
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