Sarah M. McAlpine

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Dengue hemorrhagic fever and/or dengue shock syndrome represent the most serious pathophysiological manifestations of human dengue virus infection. Despite intensive research, the mechanisms and important cellular players that contribute to dengue disease are unclear. Mast cells are tissue-resident innate immune cells that play a sentinel cell role in host(More)
The trafficking of effector cells to sites of infection is crucial for antiviral responses. However, the mechanisms of recruitment of the interferon-γ-producing and cytotoxic CD56(+) T cells are poorly understood. Human mast cells are sentinel cells found in the skin and airway and produce selected proinflammatory mediators in response to multiple(More)
BACKGROUND Mast cells respond to bacterial infection by producing mediators that recruit and activate leukocytes, mediate vasodilation and induce bronchoconstriction. These mast cell-driven responses play a crucial role in protective immunity against bacterial infection, but may contribute to bacterial exacerbation of allergic diseases. Bacterial components(More)
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