Stephanie Ramkumar

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1Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON; 2Canadian Blood Services, Toronto, ON; 3Division of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University & University Hospital Blood Centre, Lund, Sweden; 4Magen David Adom National Blood Services, Ramat Gan, Israel; 5Department of(More)
To examine the role of the glycosphingolipid (GSL), globotriaosylceramide (Gb(3), CD77, p(k) blood group antigen) in HIV-1 infection, we have pharmacologically modulated Gb(3) metabolism in an X4 HIV-1 infectable monocytic cell line (THP-1) that naturally expresses Gb(3) and in a Gb(3)-expressing glioblastoma cell line (U87) transfected to express both CD4(More)
Several human histo-blood groups are glycosphingolipids, including P/P1/P(k). Glycosphingolipids are implicated in HIV-host-cell-fusion and some bind to HIV-gp120 in vitro. Based on our previous studies on Fabry disease, where P(k) accumulates and reduces infection, and a soluble P(k) analog that inhibits infection, we investigated cell surface-expressed(More)
Previously, it was shown that the cell-membrane-expressed glycosphingolipid, globotriaosylceramide (Gb3/Pk/CD77), protects against HIV-1 infection and may be a newly described natural resistance factor against HIV infection. We have now investigated the potential of a novel, water soluble, non-toxic and completely synthetic analogue of Gb3/Pk (FSL-Gb3) to(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated whether treatment of immunoglobulins anti-D or intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) with chemicals previously shown to inhibit phagocytosis could result in an enhancement of Fcgamma receptor (FcgammaR) blockade in vitro. If successful, this approach may provide the possibility of targeting these chemicals to(More)
Our previous genetic, pharmacological and analogue protection studies identified the glycosphingolipid, Gb(3) (globotriaosylceramide, Pk blood group antigen) as a natural resistance factor for HIV infection. Gb(3) is a B cell marker (CD77), but a fraction of activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) can also express Gb(3). Activated PBMCs(More)
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