Vishakha Thaker

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Naive CD4+ T cells use L-selectin (CD62L) expression to facilitate immune surveillance. However, the reasons for its expression on a subset of memory CD4+ T cells are unknown. We show that memory CD4+ T cells expressing CD62L were smaller, proliferated well in response to tetanus toxoid, had longer telomeres, and expressed genes and proteins consistent with(More)
HIV infection is characterized by a brisk immune activation that plays an important role in the CD4 depletion and immune dysfunction of patients with AIDS. The mechanism underlying this activation is poorly understood. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that this activation is the net product of two distinct pathways: the inflammatory response(More)
Recombinant plasmid DNAs containing long DNA inserts that can be propagated in Escherichia coli would be useful in the analysis of complex genomes. We tested a bacteriophage T4 in vitro DNA packaging system that has the capacity to package about 170 kb of DNA into its capsid for cloning long DNA fragments. We first asked whether the T4 in vitro system can(More)
BACKGROUND Intermittent administration of interleukin (IL)-2 to HIV infected patients leads to CD4 T-cell expansions that are associated with decreased CD4 T-cell turnover. IL-2 is under evaluation in antiretroviral therapy (ART) interruption studies, but it is unclear how the emergence of viremia may affect CD4 expansions. METHODS CD4 T-cell responses(More)
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