Noga Bloushtain

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Lysis of virus-infected and tumor cells by NK cells is mediated via natural cytotoxicity receptors (NCRs). We have recently shown that the NKp44 and NKp46 NCRs, but not the NKp30, recognize viral hemagglutinins. In this study we explored the nature of the cellular ligands recognized by the NKp30 and NKp46 NCRs. We demonstrate that target cell surface(More)
Salmonella-derived epitopes are presented on MHC molecules by antigen-presenting cells, and both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells participate in protective immunity to Salmonella. Therefore, mechanisms that allow Salmonella to escape specific immune recognition are likely to have evolved in this bacterial pathogen. To identify Salmonella genes, which potentially(More)
The destruction of viral-infected and tumor cells is mediated in part via the lysis receptor of natural killer (NK) cells, NKp46. The nature, however, of its lysis ligands expressed on target cells is poorly defined. Recently, we have identified a novel functional interaction between the lysis receptors NKp46 and NKp44 and the hemagglutinin of influenza and(More)
NKp44 is a natural cytotoxicity receptor expressed by human NK cells upon activation. In this study, we demonstrate that cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs), expressed by target cells, are involved in the recognition of tumor cells by NKp44. NKp44 showed heparan sulfate-dependent binding to tumor cells; this binding was partially blocked with(More)
NKp46 is a member of a group of receptors collectively termed natural cytotoxicity receptors (NCRs) that are expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. NCRs are capable of mediating direct killing of tumor and virus-infected cells by NK cells. We have recently shown that NKp46 recognizes the heparan sulfate moieties of membranal heparan sulfate proteoglycans(More)
Directed dissemination of Ag-specific CD8(+) T cells to infected organs or cancerous tissues is a prerequisite for optimal immunotherapy. Ag-specific CD8(+) T cells were quantitated in systemic and mucosal tissues after nasal, rectal, or cutaneous immunization with CTL epitope peptide and the adjuvant cholera toxin (CT). Mucosal and cutaneous immunization(More)
We have developed a simple method for single-step cloning of any PCR product into a plasmid. A novel selection principle has been applied, in which activation of a drug selection marker is achieved following homologous recombination. In this method a DNA fragment is amplified by PCR with standard oligonucleotides that contain flanking tails derived from the(More)
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