Sara E Wojciechowski

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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) mediate apoptosis in many different cell types. We have previously shown that the antioxidant Mn(III) tetrakis(5,10,15,20-benzoic acid)porphyrin (MnTBAP) decreased intracellular ROS and prevented the apoptosis of activated T cells in vitro. To determine the mechanism(s) by which MnTBAP afforded such protection, we used(More)
We examined the role of the antiapoptotic molecule Bcl-2 in combating the proapoptotic molecule Bim in control of naive and memory T cell homeostasis using Bcl-2(-/-) mice that were additionally deficient in one or both alleles of Bim. Naive T cells were significantly decreased in Bim(+/-)Bcl-2(-/-) mice, but were largely restored in Bim(-/-)Bcl-2(-/-)(More)
During an immune response, most effector T cells die, whereas some are maintained and become memory T cells. Factors controlling the survival of effector CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells remain unclear. In this study, we assessed the role of IL-7, IL-15, and their common signal transducer, STAT5, in maintaining effector CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell responses.(More)
Following an acute T cell response, most activated effector cells die, while some survive and become memory cells. The pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 family member, Bcl-2 interacting mediator of death (Bim) is critical for eliminating most effector T cells, while expression of CD127 (IL-7Ralpha) has been proposed to mark effector cells destined to become memory cells.(More)
Following the peak of the T-cell response, most of the activated effector T cells die by apoptosis driven by the proapoptotic Bcl-2 family member Bim (Bcl-2-interacting mediator of death). Whether the absence of Bim-mediated T-cell apoptosis can affect protective immunity remains unclear. Here, we used a mouse model of Leishmania major infection, in which(More)
Intracranial (i.c.) lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection of mice results in T cell-driven anorexia and weight loss, which is diminished in males compared to females. We investigated sex-specific effects on antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and T cells after i.c. LCMV infection. Numbers of LCMV-specific T cells, APC activation, and levels of(More)
During an immune response, most effector T cells die, whereas some are maintained and become memory T cells. Factors controlling the survival of effector CD4 + and CD8 + T cells remain unclear. In this study, we assessed the role of IL-7, IL-15, and their common signal transducer, STAT5, in maintaining effector CD4 + and CD8 + T cell responses. Following(More)
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