Rafael Motta

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To investigate the respective roles of Th1 and Th2 cells in the pathogenesis of lupus-like autoimmune disease, we have analyzed the spontaneous and antigen-induced productions of IgG1 vs IgG2a and IgG3 subclasses in relation to the mRNA expression of INF-gamma (Th1 cytokine promoting IgG2a and IgG3 production), IL-4 (Th2 cytokine promoting IgG1 production),(More)
beta-CCM is a beta-carboline known to have properties opposite to those of benzodiazepines. Our approach was to analyze, in mice, the genetic mechanisms involved in beta-CCM-induced myoclonic seizures using recombinant congenic strains and F1 hybrids issued from these strains. Our aim was to define the extent of the multigenic character of beta-CCM-induced(More)
The MGH and MGL mouse lines, genetically selected for high and low blood magnesium (Mg) levels, respectively, exhibit marked differences for characteristics expected to be related to blood Mg levels, such as increased stress sensitivity and stress-induced aggressivity in MGL mice. However, although Mg deficiency experimentally induced by low oral Mg intake(More)
The rate of occurrence of audiogenic seizures and seizures induced by the benzodiazepine receptor inverse agonist methyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (beta-CCM) were analyzed in several recombinant congenic strains of mice bred from B10.D2 and DBA/2J. Although both types of seizures have similar behavioral patterns and might involve GABAergic mechanisms, no(More)
It is demonstrated that, under experimental conditions resembling those used for bone marrow grafting in man, disparity for minor histocompatibility antigens alone (i.e., antigens coded for by genes not included in the major histocompatibility complex) is in fact sufficient for the induction of severe lethal graft-versus-host disease in adult (DBA/2 X(More)
The relation between the [3H]-thymidine labelling index (3H-Thy LI), which evaluates the S-phase cells, and the monoclonal antibody Ki-67 (MoAb Ki-67), which recognizes a nuclear antigen expressed during the cell cycle, was defined in 35 non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL). Significantly higher median values of [3H]-Thy LI and Ki-67-positive cells were observed(More)
UNLABELLED The relative contribution of individual non-H-2 Ag and of T cell subsets that initiate graft-vs-host reaction (GVHR) as well as the mechanism responsible for histopathologic lesions are still a matter of debate. To address these questions and to favor the selection of T cells primed in vivo against non-H-2 Ag important in GVHR we derived T cell(More)