Rebekah S. Gilbert

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Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is released from a cell membrane-anchored precursor by proteolytic cleavage. We have shown that broad spectrum synthetic inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) prevent the processing of the TNF precursor but do not inhibit the release of other cytokines. Purified MMPs, stromelysin, matrilysin, collagenase, and(More)
Activated macrophages produce substantial quantities of paracrine mediators, including cytokines, nitric oxide, and prostaglandins. Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta) is a potent modulator of immune function. TGF-beta inhibits the cytotoxic activity of endotoxin/lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated macrophage cell lines and primary macrophage(More)
Native cholera toxin (nCT) as a nasal adjuvant was shown to elicit increased levels of T-independent S-IgA antibody (Ab) responses through IL-5- IL-5 receptor interactions between CD4+ T cells and IgA+ B-1 B cells in murine submandibular glands (SMGs) and nasal passages (NPs). Here, we further investigate whether oral-nasopharyngeal dendritic cells (DCs)(More)
Our previous studies have shown that Peyer's patches (PPs) play a key role in the induction of oral tolerance. Therefore, we hypothesized that PPs are an important site for Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-β signaling and sought to prove that this tissue is of importance in oral tolerance induction. We found that expression of TGF-β type II receptor(More)
We assessed the role of CCR5(+)/CCR6(+)/CD11b(+)/CD11c(+) dendritic cells (DCs) for induction of ovalbumin (OVA)-specific antibody (Ab) responses following mucosal immunization. Mice given nasal OVA plus an adenovirus expressing Flt3 ligand (Ad-FL) showed early expansion of CCR5(+)/CCR6(+)/CD11b(+)/CD11c(+) DCs in nasopharyngeal-associated lymphoid tissue(More)
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