Wilbur A. Thomas

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In healthy virus carriers, EBV is subject to strong CTL responses that principally target the EBV nuclear Ag (EBNA) 3A, 3B, 3C subset of virus proteins. In vitro-reactivated CTLs of this kind have proved very effective in treating EBV-positive immunoblastic lymphoma, a malignancy that expresses the full range of virus proteins. However, targeting other(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a human herpes virus with oncogenic potential, persists in B lymphoid tissues and is controlled by virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) surveillance. On reactivation in vitro, these CTLs recognize EBV-transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) in an HLA class I antigen-restricted fashion, but the viral antigens providing(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-induced cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses have been detected against many EBV antigens but not the nuclear antigen EBNA1; this has been attributed to the presence of a glycine-alanine repeat (GAr) domain in the protein. Here we describe the isolation of human CD8+ CTL clones recognizing EBNA1-specific peptides in the context of(More)
Undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is latently infected with EBV and expresses a restricted number of viral proteins. Studies in healthy virus carriers have demonstrated that at least some of these proteins can act as targets for HLA class I-restricted CTLs. Therefore we have explored the possibility of a CTL-based therapy for NPC by(More)
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) responses induced by persistent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in normal B-lymphoid tissues could potentially be directed against EBV-positive malignancies if expression of the relevant viral target proteins is maintained in tumor cells. For malignancies such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma and Hodgkin's disease, this will(More)
Studies of the interaction of cholesterol absorption, excretion, synthesis, and retention were carried out with growing swine through the application of sterol and isotopic balance procedures to a non-steady state situation. The animals were fed either a low-fat commercial mash diet (MA), a commercial mash diet plus 2.4 g/day of crystalline cholesterol(More)
Approximately 40% of Hodgkin's disease (HD) cases carry EBV in the malignant Hodgkin-Reed Sternberg (H-RS) cells, with expression of viral latent membrane proteins (LMPs) 1 and 2. These viral proteins are targets for CTLs in healthy EBV carriers, and their expression in EBV-associated HD raises the possibility of targeting them for a CTL-based(More)
The addition of a fish oil supplement rich in n - 3 unsaturated fatty acids to a high cholesterol, high saturated fat (BT) diet for swine has been shown previously to result in modest lowering of plasma cholesterol levels and in marked retardation of atherogenesis. It has been suggested that the effect was due to the change in polyunsaturated (PUFA) to(More)