Susan A Gregory

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Prostaglandins formed by the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes are important mediators of inflammation in arthritis. The contribution of the inducible COX-2 enzyme to inflammation in rat adjuvant arthritis was evaluated by characterization of COX-2 expression in normal and arthritic paws and by pharmacological inhibition of COX-2 activity. The injection of(More)
The role of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the development of inflammatory symptoms and cytokine production was evaluated in vivo using a neutralizing anti-PGE2 monoclonal antibody 2B5. In carrageenan-induced paw inflammation, pretreatment of rats with 2B5 substantially prevented the development of tissue edema and hyperalgesia in affected paws. The antibody(More)
Membrane potential (Vm) is tightly controlled in T cells through the regulated flux of ions across the plasma membrane. To investigate the functional role of voltage-dependent (Kv) and calcium-activated (KCa) potassium channels in T cell activation, we compared the effects of two K+ channel blockers, namely kaliotoxin (KTX) and charybdotoxin (CHTX), on Vm,(More)
The B7-family molecule CD86, expressed on the surface of pulmonary and thoracic lymph node antigen-presenting cells, delivers essential costimulatory signals for T-cell activation in response to inhaled allergens. CD86-CD28 signaling is involved in priming allergen-specific T cells, but it is unclear whether these interactions play a role in coordinating(More)
BACKGROUND The hypothesis that cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is involved in the myocardial inflammatory response during cardiac allograft rejection was investigated using a rat heterotopic abdominal cardiac transplantation model. METHODS AND RESULTS COX-2 mRNA and protein in the myocardium of rejecting cardiac allografts were significantly elevated 3 to 5 days(More)
Neuromuscular respiratory failure is the cause of death in the majority of patients with ALS. Respiratory muscle dysfunction impacts on quality of life and survival. Attentive management of respiratory muscle weakness is an important aspect of the management of the ALS patient. The respiratory muscles may be thought of as four functional groups: the(More)
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