Stacey L Mueller-Ortiz

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium avium are facultative intracellular pathogens that are able to survive and replicate in mononuclear phagocytes. Human complement component C3 has previously been shown to mediate attachment and phagocytosis of these bacteria by mononuclear phagocytes. In this study, a C3 ligand affinity blot protocol was used to(More)
Activation of complement is one of the earliest immune responses to exogenous threats, resulting in various cleavage products including anaphylatoxin C3a. In addition to its contribution to host defense, C3a has been shown to mediate Th2 responses in animal models of asthma. However, the role of C3a on pulmonary Th17 responses during allergic inflammation(More)
The complement system, especially the alternative pathway, plays essential roles in the induction of injury in collagen Ab-induced arthritis (CAIA) in mice. The goal of the current study was to directly compare the roles of receptors for C3a and C5a, as well as the membrane attack complex, as effector mechanisms in the pathogenesis of CAIA. Clinical disease(More)
Carboxypeptidase N (CPN) is a plasma zinc metalloprotease, which consists of two enzymatically active small subunits (CPN1) and two large subunits (CPN2) that protect the protein from degradation. Historically, CPN has been implicated as a major regulator of inflammation by its enzymatic cleavage of functionally important arginine and lysine amino acids(More)
HbhA of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a multifunctional binding protein, binding to both sulfated sugars such as heparin and to human complement component C3. HbhA may therefore interact with host molecules and/or host cells during M. tuberculosis infection and play a role in the pathogenesis of this bacterium. The purpose of this study was to use allelic(More)
Listeria monocytogenes is a major cause of mortality resulting from food poisoning in the United States. In mice, C5 has been genetically linked to host resistance to listeriosis. Despite this genetic association, it remains poorly understood how C5 and its activation products, C5a and C5b, confer host protection to this Gram-positive intracellular(More)
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