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FOXP3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical regulators of self-tolerance and immune homeostasis. In mice and humans, two subsets of FOXP3(+) Tregs have been defined based on their differential expression of Helios, a transcription factor of the Ikaros family. Whereas the origin, specificity, and differential function of the two subsets are as yet a(More)
Data on 2589 records collected during 12 years in one breed of dairy goats that were maintained in stables were analysed to examine the influence of various factors on the time of parturition. Parturitions were observed from mid-January to the end of April. Hourly frequencies of birth showed an unimodal distribution with maximum births at midday and minimum(More)
Peptides derived from the HLA class I heavy chain (a.a. 75-84) have been shown to modulate immune responses in vitro and in vivo in a non-allele-restricted fashion. In vivo studies in rodents have demonstrated prolonged allograft survival following peptide therapy. The immunomodulatory effect of these peptides has been correlated with peptide-mediated(More)
PURPOSE NY-ESO-1 (ESO), a tumor-specific antigen of the cancer/testis group, is presently viewed as an important model antigen for the development of generic anticancer vaccines. The ESO(119-143) region is immunodominant following immunization with a recombinant ESO vaccine. In this study, we generated DRB1*0101/ESO(119-143) tetramers and used them to(More)
Antitumor type I T-cell responses involving IFN-γ production are critical to control cancer, but the efficacy of this response is limited by a variety of immunosuppressive mechanisms that promote tumoral immune escape. One critical mechanism involves the accumulation of FOXP3(+) T regulatory cells (Treg), a class of suppressive T cells that prevent(More)
The role of TH17 cells in cancer is being investigated, but the existence of tumor antigen–specific TH17 cells has yet to be ascertained. Here, we report the first description of a spontaneous TH17 (IL-17 þ) response to the important tumor antigen MAGE-A3, which occurred concurrently with a TH1 (IFN-gþ) response in a lung cancer patient. MAGE-A3–specific(More)
The aim of this study was to design a vitrification method suited to field embryo transfer experiments in goat. In a first experiment, a standard vitrification protocol, previously designed for sheep embryos was compared to slow freezing of goat embryos. No significant difference was observed on kidding rate (48% versus 69%, respectively), nor on embryo(More)
The role of T(H)17 cells in cancer is being investigated, but the existence of tumor antigen-specific T(H)17 cells has yet to be ascertained. Here, we report the first description of a spontaneous T(H)17 (IL-17(+)) response to the important tumor antigen MAGE-A3, which occurred concurrently with a T(H)1 (IFN-γ(+)) response in a lung cancer patient.(More)
Whereas tumor infiltration by T effectors is generally associated with a more favorable prognosis, the accumulation of CD4(+) regulatory T cells (Treg) within tumors is instead often associated with poor disease outcome. Because approaches to improve antitumor immunity aim, on one hand, at expanding tumor antigen-specific T cells and, on the other, at(More)
MHC-peptide tetramers have become essential tools for T-cell analysis, but few MHC class II tetramers incorporating peptides from human tumor and self-antigens have been developed. Among limiting factors are the high polymorphism of class II molecules and the low binding capacity of the peptides. Here, we report the generation of molecularly defined(More)