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Current monoclonal antibody therapies for multiple myeloma have had limited success, perhaps due to narrow target specificity. We have previously described the ability of polyclonal rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) to induce caspase- and cathepsin-mediated apoptosis in human B and plasma cells. We now extend this observation to myeloma cells. Complement(More)
BACKGROUND Polyclonal antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is widely used as an anti-T-cell agent for induction and treatment of acute cellular rejection in solid organ transplantation. The authors recently demonstrated that rabbit (r) ATG can be used in combination with plasmapheresis to effectively treat antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection. This(More)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has become the leading liver disease in North America and is associated with the progressive inflammatory liver disease non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Considerable effort has been made to understand the role of resident and recruited macrophage populations in NASH however numerous questions remain. Our goal was to(More)
Symptoms of fever and/or rigours after transfusion continue to occur commonly in patients receiving platelets leucocyte-reduced after storage. A cohort of 24 consecutive patients who had experienced severe or repeated febrile nonhaemolytic reactions to post-storage leucocyte-reduced platelet transfusions were treated with saline-washed, post-storage(More)
A major impediment to repetitive monitoring of alloreactivity or tolerance is the limited supply of donor cells available for assays of host-versus-graft T- and B-cell reactivity. In this paper, we describe the use of CD40L stimulated CD19(+) B cells as targets or stimulators in flow cytometric crossmatching (FXM), mixed lymphocyte reactivity and IFN-gamma(More)
Studies of memory T cell differentiation are hampered by a lack of quantitative models to test hypotheses in silico before in vivo experimentation. We created a stochastic computer model of CD4+ memory T cell generation that can simulate and track 10(1)-10(8) individual lymphocytes over time. Parameters for the model were derived from experimental data(More)
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