Robert J. Bischof

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BACKGROUND Previous sheep models of asthma are based on sheep sensitized to nematode (Ascaris) allergens and these have been used to evaluate the physiological and pharmacological effects of potential anti-asthma agents. The immunological mechanisms associated with the allergic response in sheep lungs has not been examined in detail. OBJECTIVE To develop(More)
There is increasing evidence that the colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) may play a part in chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We examined the involvement of macrophage CSF (M-CSF or CSF-1) and granulocyte CSF (G-CSF) in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), a murine model of RA. Daily injections of M-CSF or G-CSF, 20-24(More)
The immunological and physiological influence of seminal plasma on the local uterine environment was investigated by immunohistochemical and flow cytometrical studies on uterine tissues and lymph nodes taken from gilts after mating with a vasectomised boar and from control, unmated gilts. These studies revealed that mating with a vasectomised boar induces(More)
A novel galectin cDNA (galectin-14) was cloned from ovine eosinophil-rich leukocytes by low stringency reverse transcriptase-PCR and cDNA library screening. Data base searches indicate that this gene encodes a novel prototype galectin that contains one putative carbohydrate recognition domain and exhibits most identity to galectin-9/ecalectin, a potent(More)
BACKGROUND Remodelling of airway walls is a significant morbidity factor in patients suffering from chronic asthma. The relationship between airway remodelling and the inflammatory response is not well defined. Sheep have been used extensively to model airway disease in humans and represent a suitable model to examine airway remodelling. OBJECTIVE The aim(More)
To establish the cellular basis for the local immune response in the porcine uterus, immunohistochemical studies using a panel of monoclonal antibodies to pig leukocytes were conducted on uterine tissues from prepubertal and cycling gilts. In prepubertal uteri, neutrophils were the most predominant cell type, while MHC class II+ cells and CD2+ T lymphocytes(More)
BACKGROUND Tissue recruitment of eosinophils and activated lymphocytes is a characteristic feature of allergic reactions. However, little is known about the involvement of specific adhesion molecules in the traffic of leucocytes during the allergic response. OBJECTIVE To use a sheep mammary infusion model to characterize the kinetics of cell recruitment(More)
Mammary glandular tissues and mammary secretions were obtained from sheep at 2-60 d after weaning to study the leucocyte phenotypes associated with mammary involution. From 2-4 d after weaning, neutrophils were the predominant leucocytes in the alveolar and ductal lumina. Lymphocytes were present in the alveolar and ductal epithelium, interalveolar and(More)
PROBLEM Placentation in different large animal species shows a remarkable diversity in the level of trophoblast invasion into the maternal endometrial tissues. We wish to determine the influence of implantation on T-cell responses during pregnancy. METHOD OF STUDY Review of the literature and current data. RESULTS alphabeta-TCR+ T cells are only(More)