Robert B Fritz

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T lymphocyte lines specific for myelin basic protein (BP) can mediate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), or can protect against the active induction of the disease. To investigate the antigenic fine specificity of guinea pig (GP) BP-specific T cell lines raised from different rat strains, and to determine whether functionally different T(More)
Experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) serves as a model for autoimmune diseases mediated by T lymphocytes. Following sensitization to rat, mouse or guinea pig myelin basic protein (MBP) in complete Freund's adjuvant, inbred mouse strains PL/J (H-2u), SJL/J (H-2s) and (PL/J X SJL/J)F1((PLSJ)F1) develop EAE. Whereas sensitization to the N-terminal 37(More)
SJL/J, PL/J, and (SJL/J x PL/J)F1 mice were immunized with bovine, guinea pig, mouse, or rat myelin basic proteins (MBP) in adjuvant containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Ra. Twenty-four and 72 hr later, Bordetella pertussis vaccine was given i.v. All MBP tested induced experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) in SJL/J and F1 mice; however, bovine(More)
GPBP was shown to be encephalitogenic in SJL mice by direct challenge and in experiments in which an adoptive transfer system was employed. The three fragments obtained by treating GPBP with pepsin were assessed in the same manner. The encephalitogenic activity resided in the C terminal half of the molecule (residues 89-169). LNC also proliferated to the(More)
Immunization with a synthetic peptide with an amino acid sequence corresponding to mouse myelin basic protein exon-2 induced mild experimental allergic encephalitis (EAE) in B10.RIII mice, very mild disease in SJL/J mice and no disease in (SJL x PL)F1 hybrid mice. In contrast, adoptive transfer of an exon-2 peptide-specific T cell line from SJL mice induced(More)
Recent experiments have shown that different regions of myelin basic protein (MBP) are encephalitogenic for different inbred strains of mice. It was therefore of interest to determine whether the immune response to MBP was MHC associated, and if so, what subregion controlled this response. Because PL/J and A/J mice were good responders to mouse MBP and(More)
Peptide C1 (residues 68-88) from GP and rat BP differ by a single amino acid interchange at residue 79. This residue is serine in GP C1 and threonine in rat C1. GP C1 was encephalitogenic in Le rats at doses as low as 15 ng. Rat C1 was encephalitogenic at doses of 1,500 ng or greater. LNC from rats challenged with 25 X 10(-4) micronmol of GP C1 and 250 X(More)
The present study was designed to assess the pattern of cytokine expression over the course of disease in the central nervous system (CNS) of recipients of an encephalitogenic T-cell clone specific for proteolipid protein (PLP) peptide 139-151. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analyses of CNS mRNA from samples taken during the onset(More)
Infectious agents have been proposed to influence susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. We induced a Th1-mediated central nervous system (CNS) autoimmune disease, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in mice with an ongoing infection with Mycobacterium bovis strain bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) to study this(More)