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Campus Address BBRB 757 Zip 2170
Phone  (205) 934-2225
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Primary  Microbiology  Microbiology Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Cellular and Molecular Biology Program 
Medical Scientist Training Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Jiri Mestecky (b. 1941), Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Medicine, graduated from the School of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1964. Postdoctoral studies were then performed at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague in the Department of Immunology headed by Professor J. Sterzl, and at UAB with Professor F.W. Kraus. A sabbatical was spent in 1976 at Rockefeller University, New York, in the laboratory of Professor H.G. Kunkel. Dr. Mestecky has served as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Immunology, Immunochemistry (Molecular Immunology), Infection and Immunity, Journal of Clinical Immunology, Oral Microbiology and Immunology, and International Archives of Allergy and Immunology. Outside interest include classical music and traveling.

Research/Clinical Interest
Mucosal Immunity; Vaccines
Dr. Mestecky's area of interest includes various aspects of Mucosal Immunology, including the delivery of antigens through the mucosal route and induction of humoral and cellular immune responses in various compartments of the mucosal immune system, induction of mucosal tolerance, and mucosal and systemic responses to HIV-1 either in vaccinated or infected individuals. In addition Dr. Mestecky is involved in studies of the most common glomerulonephritis in the world, IgA nephropathy. In this field, he and his co-workers determined the composition of immune complexes which contained IgA1 molecules altered glycans as antigen and IgG antibodies specific to IgA1 molecules.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Sabbaj, S., Hel, Z., Richter, H. E., Mestecky, J., Goepfert, P.A. Menstrual Blood as a Potential
Source of Endometrial Derived CD3+ T Cells. PLoS ONE. 6:1-9 (2011).
Takahashi, K., Wall, S.B., Suzuki, H., Smith IV, A.D., Hall, S., Poulsen, K., Kilian, M., Mobley, J.A., Julian, B.A., Mestecky, J., Novak, J., and Renfrow, M.B. Clustered O-Glycans of IgA1: Defining Macro- and Micro-hetrogeneity by Use of Electron Capture/Transfer Dissociation. Mol. Cell. Proteomics 9:2545-2557 (2010). PMID: 20823119   
Mestecky, J., Alexander, R.C., Wei, Q., and Moldoveanu, Z. Methods of Evaluation of Humoral Immune Responses in Human Genital Tract Secretions. Am. J. Reprod. Immunol. 65:361-367 (2011) PMID:21091128   
Wahl, S.M., Redford, M., Christensen, B.S., Mack, W., Cohn, J., Janoff, E.N., Mestecky, J., Jenson, H.B., Navazesh, M., Cohen, M., Reichelderfer, P., and Kovacs, A. Systemic and Mucosal Differences in HIV Burden, Immune and Therapeutic Responses. J. AIDS 56:401-411(2011) PMID: 21239996.   
Raska, M., Matousovic, K., Kasperova, A., Novak, J., Sterzl, I., Mestecky, J. Soucasny pohled
na etipatogenezi IgA nefropatie a vyhledy kauzalni terapie. (Current vie of the pathogenesis
of IgA nephropathy and possibilities for casual therapy. Alergie 4: 263-269 (2011).
Takahashi, K., Smith, A. D. IV., Poulsen, K., Kilian,M., Julian, B.A., Mestecky, J., Novak, J., Renfrow, M.B. Naturally Occurring Structural Isomers in Serum IgA1 O-Glycosylation. J Proteome Res. 11:692-702(2011).