Publications by authors named "Edward H Kislauskis"

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A DNA vaccine prime followed by a liposome-encapsulated protein boost confers enhanced mucosal immune responses and protection.

J Immunol 2008 May;180(9):6159-67

Oral Vaccine Institute, 10 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606, USA.

A variety of DNA vaccine prime and recombinant viral boost immunization strategies have been developed to enhance immune responses in humans, but inherent limitations to these strategies exist. There is still an overwhelming need to develop safe and effective approaches that raise broad humoral and T cell-mediated immune responses systemically and on mucosal surfaces. We have developed a novel mucosal immunization regimen that precludes the use of viral vectors yet induces potent T cell responses. Using hepatitis B surface Ag (HBsAg), we observed that vaccination of BALB/c mice with an i.m. HBsAg-DNA vaccine prime followed by an intranasal boost with HBsAg protein encapsulated in biologically inert liposomes enhanced humoral and T cell immune responses, particularly on mucosal surfaces. Intranasal live virus challenge with a recombinant vaccinia virus expressing HBsAg revealed a correlation between T cell immune responses and protection of immunized mice. A shortened immunization protocol was developed that was successful in both adult and neonatal mice. These results support the conclusion that this new approach is capable of generating a Th-type-1-biased, broad spectrum immune response, specifically at mucosal surfaces. The success of this design may provide a safe and effective vaccination alternative for human use.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.180.9.6159DOI Listing
May 2008

LEW.1WR1 rats develop autoimmune diabetes spontaneously and in response to environmental perturbation.

Diabetes 2005 Sep;54(9):2727-33

BioMedical Research Models, 67 Millbrook St., Suite 422, Worcester, MA 01606, USA.

We describe a new rat model of autoimmune diabetes that arose in a major histocompatibility complex congenic LEW rat. Spontaneous diabetes in LEW.1WR1 rats (RT1(u/u/a)) occurs with a cumulative frequency of approximately 2% at a median age of 59 days. The disease is characterized by hyperglycemia, glycosuria, ketonuria, and polyuria. Both sexes are affected, and islets of acutely diabetic rats are devoid of beta-cells, whereas alpha- and delta-cell populations are spared. The peripheral lymphoid phenotype is normal, including the fraction of ART2(+) regulatory T-cells. We tested the hypothesis that the expression of diabetes would be increased by immunological perturbation of innate or adaptive immunity. Treatment of young rats with depleting anti-ART2.1 monoclonal antibody increased the frequency of diabetes to 50%. Treatment with the toll-like receptor 3 ligand polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid increased the frequency of diabetes to 100%. All diabetic rats exhibited end-stage islets. The LEW.1WR1 rat is also susceptible to collagen-induced arthritis but is free of spontaneous thyroiditis. The LEW.1WR1 rat provides a new model for studying autoimmune diabetes and arthritis in an animal with a genetic predisposition to both disorders that can be amplified by environmental perturbation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/diabetes.54.9.2727DOI Listing
September 2005

The BBZDR/Wor rat model for investigating the complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

ILAR J 2004 ;45(3):292-302

Biomedical Research Models, Worcester, MA, USA.

Congenic and inbred strains of rats offer researchers invaluable insight into the etiopathogenesis of diabetes and associated complications. The inbred Bio-Breeding Zucker diabetic rat (BBZDR)/Wor rat strain is a relatively new and emerging model of type 2 diabetes. This strain was created by classical breeding methods used to introgress the defective leptin receptor gene (Lepr(fa)) from insulin-resistant Zucker fatty rats into the inbred BBDR/Wor strain background. The diabetic male BBZDR/Wor rat is homozygous for the fatty mutation and shares the genetic background of the original BB strain. Although lean littermates are phenotypically normal, obese juvenile BBZDR/Wor rats are hyperlipidemic and hyperleptinemic, become insulin resistant, and ultimately develop hyperglycemia. Furthermore, the BBZDR/Wor rat is immune competent and does not develop autoimmunity. Similar to patients with clinical diabetes, the BBZDR/Wor rat develops complications associated with hyperglycemia. The BBZDR/Wor rat is a model system that fully encompasses the ability to study the complications that affect human type 2 diabetic patients. In this review, recent work that has evaluated type 2 diabetic complications in BBZDR/Wor rats is discussed, including the authors' preliminary unpublished studies on cardiovascular disease.
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July 2005