Nastaran Mohammadi

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Previous studies have indicated that group B streptococcus (GBS), a frequent human pathogen, potently induces the release of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), an important mediator of inflammatory responses. Since little is known about the role of this cytokine in GBS disease, we analyzed the outcome of infection in IL-1β-deficient mice. These animals were markedly(More)
Previous studies have shown that the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β has a crucial role in host defenses against group B streptococcus (GBS), a frequent human pathogen, by recruiting neutrophils to infection sites. We examined here the cell types and mechanisms involved in IL-1β production during infection. Using a GBS-induced peritonitis model in mice, we(More)
Murine Toll-like receptor 13 (TLR13), an endosomal receptor that is not present in humans, is activated by an unmethylated motif present in the large ribosomal subunit of bacterial RNA (23S rRNA). Little is known, however, of the impact of TLR13 on antibacterial host defenses. Here we examined the role of this receptor in the context of infection induced by(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells are thought to develop from common lymphoid progenitors in the bone marrow. However, immature thymocytes also retain NK potential. Currently, the contribution of the thymus-dependent pathway in normal steady-state NK-cell development is unknown. Here, we show that TCRgamma genes are rearranged in approximately 5% of neonatal and 1%(More)
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