Swarna Rajagopalan

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The antigen responsible for autoimmunization in systemic lupus erythematosus is unknown. In spite of this obstacle, we show that T helper (Th) cell lines that are functionally relevant to this disease can be established in vitro. We derived a total of 396 interleukin 2-dependent T-cell lines from the in vivo activated T cells of five patients with lupus(More)
The production of potentially pathogenic anti-DNA autoantibodies in SLE is driven by special, autoimmune T helper (Th) cells. Herein, we sequenced the T cell receptor (TCR) alpha and beta chain genes expressed by 42 autoimmune Th lines from lupus patients that were mostly CD4+ and represented the strongest inducers of such autoantibodies. These autoimmune(More)
In previous work, we found that only 59 (15%) of 396 "autoreactive" T cell clones derived from five patients with lupus nephritis had the ability to selectively augment the production of pathogenic anti-DNA autoantibodies and the majority (49/59) of those autoimmune T helper (Th) clones were CD4+. Surprisingly, 7 of those Th clones were CD4-/CD8- and(More)
It is known that cAMP and cGMP are important for vasorelaxation, and cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs) regulate their levels. Balloon angioplasty (BAL) is associated with reduced cAMP and cGMP levels, and inhibition of PDE-3 reduces restenosis. In this study, we found that BAL increased PDE-3 activity, which affected vasoreactivity of rat aortic(More)
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