Anna Domogala

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Adoptive natural killer (NK) cell therapy relies on the acquisition of large numbers of NK cells that are cytotoxic but not exhausted. NK cell differentiation from hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) has become an alluring option for NK cell therapy, with umbilical cord blood (UCB) and mobilized peripheral blood (PBCD34(+)) being the most accessible HSC sources(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Graft-versus-host disease remains a major cause of death after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cyclosporine (CsA) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) have been successfully used alone or in combination as prophylaxis for graft-versus-host disease. Although the effects of these drugs on T cells have been studied, little is known about(More)
The potential of natural killer (NK) cells to target numerous malignancies in vitro has been well documented; however, only limited success has been seen in the clinic. Although NK cells prove non-toxic and safe regardless of the cell numbers injected, there is often little persistence and expansion observed in a patient, which is vital for mounting an(More)
BACKGROUND Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a common treatment for hematological diseases. Cord blood (CB) is increasingly used as a source of stem cells for HSCT. Prophylactic drugs, such as mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and cyclosporine A (CsA), are often used together after HSCT to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), but so far(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Natural killer (NK) cells offer the potential for a powerful cellular immunotherapy because they can target malignant cells without being direct effectors of graft-versus-host disease. We have previously shown that high numbers of functional NK cells can be differentiated in vitro from umbilical cord blood (CB) CD34(+) cells. To develop a(More)
Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD) remains one of the main complications after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Due to their ability to suppress effector cells, regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been proposed as a cellular therapy to prevent GvHD, however they also inhibit the functions of natural killer (NK) cells, key effectors of the Graft(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Natural killer (NK) cells have the potential to become a successful immunotherapy as they can target malignant cells without being direct effectors of graft-versus-host disease. Our group has previously shown that large numbers of functional NK cells can be differentiated in vitro from umbilical cord blood (CB) CD34+ cells. To produce a(More)
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