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We have focused on conserved regions of the hepatitis C Virus (HCV) genome to identify viral peptides that contain HLA class I binding motifs and bind with high affinity to the corresponding purified HLA molecules. Accordingly, we have identified 31 candidate epitopes in the HCV that have the potential to be recognized by either HLA-A1, A2.1-, A3, A11- or(More)
A protocol for in vitro induction of primary, antigen-specific CTL from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) was developed. Antigen presenting cells (APCs) consisted of Staphylococcus aureus Cowan-I (SAC-I) activated PBMCs treated with a citrate-phosphate buffer at pH 3 to release endogenous peptides bound to surface MHC. This treatment resulted(More)
That ferritin, an iron storage protein, can be produced by neuroblastoma cells raises the possibility that iron may have some role in promoting tumor cell growth. To explore this possibility, we studied the effects of desferoxamine, a compound which chelates iron, on viability of CHP 126 and CHP 100, two human neuroblastoma cell lines. Cells (5 X 10(4))(More)
To determine whether human growth hormone (HGH) can cause proliferation of human leukemic lymphoblasts, we studied colony formation in semi-solid medium of MOLT 4, a cell line derived from an adolescent with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Although exposure to single doses of HGH in supraphysiologic concentrations resulted in almost two-fold increases(More)
Deferoxamine previously has been shown to have potent activity in vitro against human neuroblastoma cells, activity that results from its ability to chelate iron. To further understand the mechanism of deferoxamine-induced cytotoxicity, we looked at its effects on cell cycling and on DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis by CHP 126, a cell line that is derived(More)
A total of 109 slides derived from 37 normal tissues were analyzed for nuclear DNA content using the Cell Analysis Systems (CAS) model 100 image analysis system with the Quantitative DNA Analysis (QDA) software module in order to determine the central values of DNA content and define normal limits. Analysis of the 109 slides revealed an overall mean(More)
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