Yunjuan Zang

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Previously, we showed that the eradication of murine hepatic metastatic colon carcinomas was achieved by using a combination therapy with adenovirus-mediated gene delivery of interleukin 12 (IL-12) and anti-4-1BB agonistic antibody. However, the therapeutic efficacy was compromised severely when mice with tumors larger than 8 x 8 mm(2) were treated. In this(More)
OBJECTIVE To test whether immunizing mice with autoantigens closely linked to mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) could induce an MCTD-like clinical syndrome distinguishable from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS Transgenic and knockout C57BL/6-derived mice were immunized subcutaneously at age 8-12 weeks with U1-70-kd small nuclear RNP (70K)(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the role of immune cells in anti-RNP autoimmunity in a murine model of pneumonitis or glomerulonephritis, using adoptive transfer techniques. METHODS Donor mice were immunized with 50 mug of U1-70-kd small nuclear RNP fusion protein and 50 mug of U1 RNA adjuvant. Whole splenocytes as well as CD4+ cell and dendritic cell (DC) subsets(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the Y RNAs, a family of homologous RNAs that bind to the Ro autoantigen, for the ability to contribute to autoimmune disease by activating RNA-responsive Toll-like receptors (TLRs). METHODS Using cell lines expressing or stably transfected with TLR-3, TLR-7, or TLR-8, we determined the patterns of RNA-specific TLR activation by in(More)
To establish the relevance of targeting disease-associated T cells in anti-RNP-associated glomerulonephritis, mice developing nephritis following immunization with U1-70-kd small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) were treated with a single dose of irradiated antigen-selected T cell vaccine. T cell receptor usage in nephritic kidneys revealed oligoclonal use(More)
T cells have been shown to mediate aspects of anti-ribonucleoprotein (RNP) autoimmunity, and are a potential target of therapy in lupus and related diseases. In this study, we assessed the relevance of a conserved class of anti-RNP T cells to autoimmune disease expression and therapy. Our data show that anti-RNP T cell selection induced a limited set of(More)
We have previously shown that i.m. administration of bacterially expressed murine histidyl-tRNA synthetase (HRS) triggers florid muscle inflammation (relative to appropriate control proteins) in various congenic strains of mice. Because severe disease develops even in the absence of adaptive immune responses to HRS, we sought to identify innate immune(More)
T cells have been shown to mediate aspects of anti-ribonucleoprotein (RNP) autoimmunity, and are a potential target of therapy in lupus and related diseases. In this study, we assessed the relevance of a conserved class of anti-RNP T cells to autoimmune disease expression and therapy. Our data show that anti-RNP T cell selection induced a limited set of(More)
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