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The paired-like homeodomain transcription factor CRX (cone-rod homeobox) is involved in regulating photoreceptor gene expression and rod outer segment development. Mutations in CRX have been associated with several retinal degenerative diseases. These conditions range from Leber congenital amaurosis (a severe cone and rod degeneration of childhood onset) to(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the differential gene expression of chemokines after corneal transplantation and to determine the chemokines associated with allograft rejection. METHODS Orthotopic mouse corneal transplantation was performed in two fully mismatched-strain combinations using C57BL/6 (H-2b) and BALB/c (H-2d) mice as recipients and BALB/c and C57BL/6(More)
PURPOSE Primary uveal melanocytes and many ocular melanoma cells are resistant to interferon (IFN)-gamma-mediated induction of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecule expression. This suppression of class II MHC induction is considered to be one of the ways in which the eye is able to inhibit inflammatory responses. However, the(More)
The B lymphoblastoid cell line clone 13 (a subclone of the mutant cell line P3JHR-1) has been found to express high levels of HLA-DQ; by contrast, HLA-DR and -DP antigens are not expressed and cannot be induced by interferon gamma. Northern blot analysis using gene-specific probes indicated that the lack of surface expression of the DR and DP antigens is(More)
The nonhistone chromosomal proteins high mobility group I(Y) [HMG I(Y)] have been shown to function as architectural transcription factors facilitating enhanceosome formation on a variety of mammalian promoters. Specifically, they have been shown to act as a "molecular glue" mediating protein-protein and protein-DNA contacts within the enhanceosome complex.(More)
The class II major histocompatibility complex gene HLA-DRA is expressed in B cells, activated T lymphocytes, and in antigen-presenting cells. In addition, HLA-DRA gene expression is inducible in a variety of cell types by interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma). Here we show that the lymphoid-specific transcription factor Oct-2A plays a critical role in HLA-DRA gene(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the therapeutic potential of immunostimulatory sequence oligodeoxynucleotides (ISS-ODN) administration in ocular allergy, using a mouse model of ragweed-specific conjunctivitis. METHODS A murine model of allergic conjunctivitis involving SWR/J mice sensitized and challenged with short ragweed was used to test immunostimulatory DNA(More)
The octamer motif (ATTTGCAT) present in several eukaryotic promoters and enhancers is now known to influence the transcription of several genes by interacting with members of a broad family of homeodomain proteins. The promoter of the human class II MHC gene HLA-DRA contains a conserved octamer element that can bind (among other proteins) the transcription(More)
Fragments of foreign antigen are detected by CD4+ helper T cells via the T cell receptor for antigen in the context of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules. Very few cells normally express class II MHC molecules, and these cells play critical roles in antigen presentation and in the thymic selection of T lymphocytes before their exit(More)
The class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules function in the presentation of processed peptides to helper T cells. As most mammalian cells can endocytose and process foreign antigen, the critical determinant of an antigen-presenting cell is its ability to express class II MHC molecules. Expression of these molecules is usually restricted to(More)