Natalia Martin-Orozco

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Although T helper 17 (Th17) cells have been found in tumor tissues, their function in cancer immunity is unclear. We found that interleukin-17A (IL-17A)-deficient mice were more susceptible to developing lung melanoma. Conversely, adoptive T cell therapy with tumor-specific Th17 cells prevented tumor development. Importantly, the Th17 cells retained their(More)
Th17 and regulatory T (Treg) cells play opposite roles in autoimmune diseases. However, the mechanisms underlying their proper migration to inflammatory tissues are unclear. In this study, we report that these two T cell subsets both express CCR6. CCR6 expression in Th17 cells is regulated by TGF-beta and requires two nuclear receptors, RORalpha and(More)
T follicular helper cells (Tfh cells) play a pivotal role in germinal center reactions, which require B cell lymphoma 6 (Bcl6) transcription factor. To analyze their relationships with other effector T cell lineages and their stability in vivo, we developed and analyzed a new Bcl6 reporter mouse alone or together with other lineage reporter systems.(More)
The objective of these studies was to analyze the role of the ionic environment of phagosomal vacuoles in the control of pathogens by macrophages. Digital imaging and flow cytometry were used to follow the induction of the phoP promoter of Salmonella enterica Typhimurium within live macrophages. Manipulating the Mg2+ concentration within the(More)
IDDM is characterized by leukocyte invasion to the pancreatic tissues followed by immune destruction of the islets. Despite the important function of Th17 cells in other autoimmune disease models, their function in IDDM is relatively unclear. In this study, we found association of elevated Th17 cytokine expression with diabetes in NOD mice. To understand(More)
MAPKs are evolutionarily conserved immune regulators. MAPK phosphatases (MKPs) that negatively regulate MAPK activities have recently emerged as critical players in both innate and adaptive immune responses. MKP-1, also known as DUSP1, was previously shown to negatively regulate innate immunity by inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokine production. Here, we(More)
The costimulatory molecules in the B7-CD28 families are important in the regulation of T cell activation and tolerance. The butyrophilin family of proteins shares sequence and structure homology with B7 family molecules; however, the function of the butyrophilin family in the immune system has not been defined. In this study, we performed an analysis on(More)
Constitutive presentation of tissue Ags by dendritic cells results in tolerance of autoreactive CD8+ T cells; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. In this study we show that programmed death (PD)-1, an inhibitory receptor of the CD28 family, is required for tolerance induction of autoreactive CD8+ T cells. An antagonistic Ab(More)
Costimulation regulates the activation of naive T cells as they first encounter antigens in the secondary lymphoid organs. But recently characterized costimulatory molecules of the B7 family appear to have roles beyond initial T cell activation. New evidence shows that negative costimulators expressed by tumors and normal tissues afford local protection(More)
CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) T-regulatory cells (Tregs) accumulate in tumors; however, little is known about how the tumor environment influences this process. Here we show that human melanomas express inducible T-cell costimulator ligand (ICOS-L/B7H) that can provide costimulation through ICOS for the expansion of activated Tregs maintaining high Foxp3 and CD25(More)