International Journal of Immunology is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of immunology. Immunology is a diverse and growing discipline that can be defined as the study of the tissues, cells and molecules involved in host defense mechanisms. Immunologists attempt to understand how the immune system develops, how the body defends itself against disease, and what happens when it all goes wrong. Priority is given to work that provides fundamental insight into the workings of the immune system. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, innate immunity and inflammation; development; immune receptors, signaling and apoptosis; antigen presentation; gene regulation and recombination; cellular and systemic immunity; vaccines; immune tolerance; autoimmunity and tumor immunology, microbial immunopathology; and transplantation.

The great advances in immunology in recent years make this field one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing in biological sciences. This remarkable growth is stimulated by the influx of investigators from other disciplines such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, virology and various medical disciplines. These disciplines are so well interlinked with immunology that no immunological challenge can now be properly addressed without sophisticated applications of expertise of combinations of these disciplines. As a consequence, immunology has become a vast and rich field encompassing discoveries and outlooks that range from the highly clinical to the highly molecular. Although such perspectives may appear diverse, they are, in fact, extremely interdependent. The journal seeks to present a balanced overview of contemporary immunology and melds together different aspects of molecular immunology, immunobiology and clinical immunology.

Immunology is the branch of biomedical science that deals with the response of an organism to antigenic challenge and its recognition of what is self and what is not. It deals with the defense mechanisms including all physical, chemical and biological properties of the organism that help it to combat its susceptibility to foreign organisms, material, etc

Immunology has its origins in the study of how the body protects itself against infectious diseases caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and also parasitic organisms, such as helminth worms. Research / review articles deals with, among other things, the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders (autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency, transplant rejection); the physical, chemical and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system in vitro, in situ, and in vivo are of prime interest.


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Pongsak Rattanachaikunsopon

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Dr. Pongsak Rattanachaikunsopon is a Professor in the Department of Biological Science at University of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. He obtained Bachelor of Science in Radiological Technology at Mahidol University, Thailand and a Master of Science in Anatomy at Mahidol University, Thailand. He earned Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania USA. He has been awarded with Professor Sood Saengvichain Award for Best Research and Presentation in 13th Annual Meeting of the Society of Anatomy of Thailand in 1990, Professor Dr. Tab Nilanidhi Foundation Award for the outstanding graduate student in Anatomy in 1991 and Best Government Officer, The Ministry of Education in 2014. He serves as an Editorial board member of more than 10 international Journals.

EDUCATION:

University

Field of study

Degree

Year

Mahidol University

(Bangkok, Thailand)

Radiological Technology

B.Sc.

(First Class Honor)

1989

Mahidol University

(Bangkok, Thailand)

Anatomy

M.Sc.

1990

Lehigh University

(Pennsylvania USA)

Molecular Biology

Ph.D.

1998

 

Prof. Dr. Pongsak Rattanachaikunsopon is interested fields of research are Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. His present research focuses on searching for biological agents such as microorganisms and plants to use as alternatives to control animal and human diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria.

 

AWARDS

 

1990    Professor Sood Saengvichain Award

For Best Research and Presentation in 13th Annual Meeting of the Society of

Anatomy of Thailand

1991    Professor Dr. Tab Nilanidhi Foundation Award

For the outstanding graduate student in Anatomy

2014    Best Government Officer, The Ministry of Education

PUBLICATIONS

 

International Publications

1. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Sudwan P, Chunhabundit P, Bamroongwong S, Somana R: Thyroid microvasculature in common tree shrew (Tupaia glis) as revealed by corrosion cast technique and studied with SEM.  Acta Anatomica 1991; 142: 208-214.

2. Sudwan P, Chunhabundit P, Bamroongwong S, Rattanachaikunsopon P, Somana R: Hypophyseal angioarchitecture of common tree shrew (Tupaia glis) revealed by scanning electron microscopy of vascular corrosion casts.  The American Journal of Anatomy 1991; 192: 262-273.

3. Bamroongwong S, Somana R, Rojananeungnit S, Chunhabundit P, Rattanachaikunsopon P:  Scanning electron microscopic study of the splenic vascular casts of common tree shrew (Tupaia glis).  Anatomy and Embryology 1991; 184 (3): 301-304.

4. Bamroongwong S Chunhabundit P, Rattanachaikunsopon P, Somana R:  Pancreatic  microcirculation in the common tree shrew  (Tupaia glis) as revealed by scanning electron microscopy of corrosion casts.  Acta Anatomica 1992; 143: 184-188.

5. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Rosch C, Kuchka M: Cloning and characterization of the nuclear AC115 gene of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Molecular Biology 1999; 39 (1): 1-10.

6. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Lactic acid bacteria isolated from Thai fermented foods and their antibacterial activity. ASEAN Journal on Science and Technology for Development 1999, 16(2): 19-29.

7. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P : A bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus lactis subsp. lactis isolated from Thai fermented foods. ScienceAsia 2000; 26(4): 195-200.

8. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Isolation and preliminary characterization of a bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus plantarumN014 isolated from nham, a traditional Thai fermented pork. Journal of Food Protection 2006, 69(8): 1937-1943.

9. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P, Khunsook S: The use of gfp gene in monitoring bacteriocin-producing Lactobacillus plantarum N014, a potential starter culture in nham fermentation. Journal of Food Protection 2007, 70(2): 419-424.

10. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Bacteriostatic effect of flavonoids isolated from leaves of Psidium guajava on fish pathogens. Fitoterapia 2007, 78(6): 434-436.

11. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Incidence of nisin Z production in Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis TFF 221 isolated from Thai fermented foods. Journal of Food Protection 2008, 71(10): 2024-2026.

12. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Characterization of nisin produced by Lactococcus lactis RP359 isolated from Kem-Buk-Nud, a traditional Thai fermented food. The Internet Journal of Microbiology 2008, 5(1).

13. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Diallyl sulfides content and antimicrobial activity against foodborne pathogenic bacteria of chives (Allium schoenoprasum). Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2008, 72(11): 2987-2991.

14. Pachanawan A, Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Potential of Psidium guajava supplemented fish diets in controlling Aeromonas hydrophila infection in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2008, 106(5): 419-422.

15. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Prophylactic effect of Andrographis paniculata extracts against Streptococcus agalactiae infection in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2009, 107(5): 579-582.

16. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Antimicrobial activity of elephant garlic oil against Vibrio cholerae both in vitro and in food model. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2009, 73(7): 623-627.

17. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Glass bead transformation method for Gram-positive bacteria. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology 2009, 40: 923-926.

18. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Protective effects of clove oil supplemented fish diets on experimental Lactococcus garvieae infection in tilapia. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2009, 73(9): 2085-2089.

19. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Glass bead-based transformation method for lactic acid bacteria. ScienceAsia 2009, 35:234-241.

20. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Potential of Chinese chive oil as a natural antimicrobial for controlling Flavobacterium columnare infection in Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. Fisheries Science 2009, 75:1431-1437.

21. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Shallot (Allium ascalonicum L.) oil: diallyl sulfide content and antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogenic bacteria. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2009, 3:747-750.

22. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: In vitro study of synergistic antimicrobial effect of carvacrol and cymene on drug resistant Salmonella typhi. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2009, 3:978-980.

23. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Use of Centella asiatica aqueous extract as bath treatment to control columnaris in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 2010, 22:14-20.

24. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Potential of coriander (Coriandrum sativum) oil as a natural antimicrobial in inhibiting Campylobacter jejuni in raw meat. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2010, 74:31-35.

25. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Synergistic antimicrobial effect of nisin and ρ-cymene against Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi in vitro and on ready-to-eat food. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2010, 74:520-524.

26. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Potential of cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) oil in controlling Streptococcus iniae infection in tilpia (Oreochromis niloticus). Fisheries Science 2010, 76:287-293.

27. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Contents and antibacterial activity of flavonoids extracted from leaves of Psidium guajava. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 2010, 4:393-396.

28. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Assessment of synergistic efficacy of carvacrol and cymene against Edwardsiella tarda in vitro and in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). African Journal of Microbiology Research 2010, 4:420-425.

 

 

 

29. Thamniamton W, Boonsarn V, Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Isolation and characterization of a bacteriophage specific to drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae DR1. International Journal of Current Research and Review 2010, 2 (4):30-43.

30. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Effect of Cratoxylum formosum on innate immune response and disease resistance against Streptococcus agalactiae in tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. Fisheries Science 2010, 76:653-659.

31. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Antimicrobial activity of basil (Ocimum basilicum) oil against Salmonella Enteritidis in vitro and in food. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2010, 74:1200-1204.

32. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Isolation and partial characterization of a bacteriophage infecting the shrimp pathogen Vibrio harveyi. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2010, 4:1794-1800.

33. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Assessment of factors influencing antimicrobial activity of carvacrol and cymene against Vibrio cholerae in food. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering 2010, 110:614-619.

34. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Lactic acid bacteria: their antimicrobial compounds and their uses in food production. Annals of Biological Research 2010, 1:218-228.

35. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Bacteriophages: Discovery and therapeutic uses in humans and animals. International Journal of Current Research and Review 2010, 2 (11):3-8.

36. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Bacteriophage specific to nisin producing-Lactococcus lactissubsp. Lactis TFF221, a starter culture in Thai fermented food. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2011, 5(6): 1203-1210.

37. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Detection of Aeromonas salmonicida by reverse transcription-multiplex polymerase chain reaction. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2012, 76(4): 665-670.

38. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Identification of viable Listeria species based on reverse transcription-multiplex PCR (RT-PCR) and restriction digestion. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2012, 76(6): 1189-1194.

39. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Construction of food-grade cloning vector for Lactobacillus plantarum and its utilization in food model. Journal of General and Applied Microbiology 2012, 58(4): 317-324.

40. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Isolation and characterization of lytic phage against Lactococcus lactisRP359, kem-buk-nud starter culture. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2012, 6(37): 6678-6684.

41. Surapat W, Pukahuta C, Rattanachaikunsopon P, Aimi T, Boonlue S: Characterization of phosphate solubilization by phosphate-solubilizing bacteria isolated from agricultural chili soil and their efficiency on the growth of chili (Capsicum frutescens L. cv. Hua Rua). Chiang Mai Journal of Science 2013, 40(1): 11-25.

42. Butprom S, Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Effect of Lactobacillus plantarum C014 on innate immune response and disease resistance against Aeromonas hydrophila in hybrid catfish. The Scientific World Journal 2013, 2013:1-6.

43. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P: Bacteriophage ϕLPN014 infecting Lactobacillus plantarum N014, a potential starter culture for NHAM fermentation. Annals of Experimental Biology 2014, 2(1):1-7.

44. Somnate T, Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Potentail of virulent bacteriophage as a biocontrol agent against Salmonella Typhimurium in beverages. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology 2014, 8(2):1131-1139.

45. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: A lytic bacteriophage with potential for inactivation of a fish pathogenic Streptococcus agalactiae. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology 2014, 8(Spl. Edn. 2):371-379.

46. Punyauppa-path S, Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Nisin: Production and mechanism of action. International Journal of Current Research and Reviews 2015, 7(2): 47-53.

47. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Therapeutic use of Cassia alata aqueous extract as bath treatment to control Pseudomonas anguilliseptica infection in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Archives of Biological Sciences 2015, 67(4): 1165-1172.

48. Punyauppa-path S, Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Factors influencing synergistic antimicrobial activity of thymol and nisin against Shigella spp. in sugarcane juice. Biologia 2015, 7(8): 1003-1010.

49. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: A Siphoviridae bacteriophage specific to Extended-spectrum b-lactamases-producing Escherichia coli. Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research 2015, 7(11): 604-608.

50. Panya M, Lulitanond V, Rattanachaikunsopon P, Srivoramas T, Chaiwong T: Isolation, Identification and Evaluation of Novel Probiotic Strains isolated from Feces of Breast-Fed Infant. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 2016, 99 Suppl 1: S28-S34.

51. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: A broad host range food-grade cloning vector for lactic acid bacteria. Biologia 2016, 71(5): 457-463.

52. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Detection of viable Salmonella Typhi using three primer pairs specific to invA, ivaB and fliC-d genes. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture 2017, 29(4): 312-316.

53. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P. Bacteriophages as Future Prophylactic and Therapeutic Agents against Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens. International Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences 2017, 2(1): 19-20.

54. Rattanaborvorn W., Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Potential of Bacteriophages in Controlling Drug Resistant Shigella sonnei. Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science 2017, 19(3): 256-530.

55. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Bacteriophage therapy as a future preventive and curative approach against bacterial infections in aquaculture. Multidisciplinary Advances in Veterinary Science 2017, 1(4): 167-168.

56. Phumkhachorn P, Rattanachaikunsopon P: Potential of bacteriophage PUB 36 to enhance nonspecific immune response and disease resistance of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences 2018, 20(Feb. Suppl.): S69-S73.

Book Chapters

1. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P. Composition and antimicrobial properties of essential oils from Chinese-Thai herbs and spices. In: Valgimigli V, editor. Essential oils as natural food additives: composition, applications, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. New York: Nova Science Publishers; 2012: pp. 153-172.

2. Rattanachaikunsopon P, Phumkhachorn P. Bacteriophage PPST1 isolated from hospital wastewater, a potential therapeutic agent against drug resistant Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serova Typhi. In: Annous BA, Gurtler JB, editors. Salmonella-distribution, adaptation, control measures and molecular technologies. Croatia: InTech-Open Access Publisher; 2012: pp. 159-172.