Wendy R. Winnall

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Activin A provides a unique link between reproduction and immunity, which is especially significant in the adult testis. This cytokine, together with inhibin B and follistatin acting as regulators of activin A activity, is fundamentally involved in the regulation of spermatogenesis and testicular steroidogenesis. However, activin A also has a much broader(More)
BACKGROUND During the 2009 pandemic of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (A[H1N1]pdm09) infection, older individuals were partially protected from severe disease. It is not known whether preexisting antibodies with effector functions such as antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) contributed to the immunity observed. METHODS We tested serum(More)
BACKGROUND Combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) effectively controls human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection but does not eliminate HIV, and lifelong treatment is therefore required. HIV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses decline following cART initiation. Alterations in other HIV-specific immune responses that may assist in(More)
Regulation of crucial events during spermatogenesis involves dynamic changes in cytokine production and interactions across the cycle of the seminiferous epithelium. Regulation of activin A and inhibin B production by the inflammatory cytokines, tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) and interleukin 1α (IL1α), alone and in conjunction with FSH or a cAMP analogue(More)
Bacterial lipopolysaccharide increased the production of interleukin 1alpha and activin A, and reduced production of inhibin B, in Sertoli cells from immature male rats measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The majority of immunoreactive interleukin 1alpha remained within the Sertoli cell, while both activin A and inhibin B were secreted.(More)
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