Padmavathi Baskar

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CXCR4, a seven transmembrane domain G-protein-coupled receptor for the Cys-X-Cys class of chemokines, is one of several chemokine receptors that can act as a co-receptor with CD4 for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) glycoprotein gp120 [1-3]. CXCR4 can mediate the entry of HIV-1 strains that specifically infect T cells, such as the IIB strain (see(More)
Eosinophils possess both oxygen-dependent and oxygen-independent mechanisms for damaging helminthic parasites such as schistosomula. We have studied the release of the granular enzymes beta-glucuronidase and arylsulfatase to evaluate the oxidative requirement for degranulation. Both ionophore-mediated and immunoglobulin G-mediated release of granular(More)
Recent evidence confirms that cytokines such as IL-1, IL-4, IL-5, and GM-CSF may enhance or inhibit eosinophil function. Functions that are susceptible to modulation include eosinophil-mediated antibody-dependent damage of helminthic parasites, oxidative metabolism and degranulation. We have employed IgG and IgE-coated Sepharose beads to investigate(More)
Triggering of eosinophil secretory and cytotoxic functions by stimulation of the IgG and IgE FcR is thought to have major importance in the pathophysiology of tissue eosinophilia. We studied the ability of human rIL-4 to regulate this triggering event in human eosinophils. At doses ranging from 0.1 to 10 pg/ml, IL-4 suppressed eosinophil secretion of(More)
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