Early divergence of Th1 and Th2 transcriptomes involves a small core response and sets of transiently expressed genes.

Th cells can adopt a number of different phenotypes. We performed microarray-assisted mRNA profiling on antigen-stimulated, TCR transgenic murine splenocytes that were cultured in the presence of cytokines. Transcriptome snapshots of Th cells differentiating into Th1 and Th2 phenotypes were … Continue reading

Small hydrophobic protein of human metapneumovirus does not affect virus replication and host gene expression in vitro.

Human metapneumovirus (HMPV) encodes a small hydrophobic (SH) protein of unknown function. HMPV from which the SH open reading frame was deleted (HMPVΔSH) was viable and displayed similar replication kinetics, cytopathic effect and plaque size compared with wild type HMPV … Continue reading

CD4(+) T-cell counts and interleukin-8 and CCL-5 plasma concentrations discriminate disease severity in children with RSV infection.

BACKGROUND: Current tools to predict the severity of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection might be improved by including immunological parameters. We hypothesized that a combination of inflammatory markers would differentiate between severe and mild disease in RSV-infected children. METHODS: Blood … Continue reading