Rafael Bragado

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M-CSF favors the generation of folate receptor β-positive (FRβ⁺), IL-10-producing, immunosuppressive, M2-polarized macrophages [M2 (M-CSF)], whereas GM-CSF promotes a proinflammatory, M1-polarized phenotype [M1 (GM-CSF)]. In the present study, we found that activin A was preferentially released by M1 (GM-CSF) macrophages, impaired the acquisition of FRβ and(More)
PURPOSE Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphatase-1 (MKP-1) dephosphorylates mitogen-activated protein kinase [extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK), and p38], mediates breast cancer chemoresistance, and is repressible by doxorubicin in breast cancer cells. We aimed to characterize doxorubicin effects on(More)
Following infection, naïve CD8+ T cells bearing pathogen-specific T cell receptors (TCRs) differentiate into a mixed population of short-lived effector and long-lived memory T cells to mediate an adaptive immune response. How the TCR regulates memory T cell development has remained elusive. Using a mutant TCR transgenic model, we found that point mutations(More)
An HLA-B27 positive, Epstein Barr virus-transformed cell line Wewak I was not lysed by Epstein Barr virus-specific cytolytic T lymphocytes restricted by HLA-B27. This line is weakly reactive with a B27-specific monoclonal antibody, M2, which recognizes a majority, but not all, of the HLA-B27-positive cells. To establish the molecular basis for this lack of(More)
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), in which only the pancreatic beta cells are destroyed by the autoimmune response, is the paradigm of organ-specific autoimmunity. As a result of a combination of factors, the number of immunohistologic/cellular/molecular studies of pancreas in IDDM is very limited. We report here studies conducted in the pancreata(More)
The scavenger receptors CLA-1/SR-BI and CD36 interact with native and modified lipoproteins and with some anionic phospholipids. In addition, CD36 binds/transports long-chain free fatty acids. Recent biochemical evidences indicates that the rabbit CLA-1/SR-BI receptor can be detected in enterocytes, and previous studies showed the presence of mRNA for both(More)
The complete amino acid sequence of papain-solubilized HLA-B27, an antigen that presents a very strong association to the development of ankylosing spondylitis, has been determined. The overall sequence homology with the cross-reactive allelic products HLA-B7 and HLA-B40 (Bw60) is 93% and 92%, respectively. Half of the differences between HLA-B27 and -B7(More)
  • M A Vega, A Ezquerra, S Rojo, P Aparicio, R Bragado, J A López de Castro
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 1985
The structure of a variant HLA-B27 antigen, B27.2, that is distinguished from the HLA-B27.1 and HLA-B27.3 subgroups by specific cytolytic T lymphocytes has been established by comparative peptide mapping and sequence analysis. There are only three amino acid substitutions between B27.1 and B27.2: aspartate-77, threonine-80, and leucine-81 in HLA-B27.1 are(More)
Comparison of available sequences of HLA-A and HLA-B antigens shows that variable positions are predominantly localized in four segments spanning residues 63-85, 105-116, 138-156, and 177-194. The fourth segment is unique in that it contains no differences between antigens of the same locus. Secondary folding of HLA heavy chain was estimated by three(More)