The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

T cell proliferation by direct cross-talk between OX40 ligand on human mast cells and OX40 on human T cells: comparison of gene expression profiles between human tonsillar and lung-cultured mast cells.

Mast cells (MCs) are the primary effector cells in allergic reactions and have also been found to activate T cells and to reside in close physical proximity to T cells. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in the MC-T cell interaction remain unclear. We hypothesized that human tonsillar MCs, which locate in the interfollicular areas, might interact with T cells. Thus, we first established a culture system of human tonsillar MCs and then compared gene expression profiles of tonsillar MCs with that of lung MCs before and after aggregation of FcepsilonRI by using high-density oligonucleotide probe arrays. Here we show that resting tonsillar MCs, when compared with lung MCs, revealed significantly higher expression levels for CC chemokines (CCL3 and 4), which recruit T cells, and for TNFR superfamilies (OX40 ligand and 4-1BB ligand), which induce proliferation of T cells. After aggregation of FcepsilonRI, not only tonsillar MCs but also lung MCs up-regulated the expression of these molecules. We confirmed that T cell proliferation is induced in direct cross-talk by the MC surface molecule OX40 ligand. These results suggest that human MCs may play important roles in adaptive immunity through the T cell responses.[1]


WikiGenes - Universities