Anne M. van der Does

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The human cathelicidin LL-37 has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. It also participates at the interface of innate and adaptive immunity by chemoattracting immune effector cells, modulating the production of a variety of inflammatory mediators by different cell types, and regulating the differentiation of monocytes into dendritic cells. In this study,(More)
The human lactoferrin-derived peptide hLF1-11 displays antimicrobial activities in vitro and is effective against infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fluconazole-resistant Candida albicans in animals. However, the mechanisms underlying these activities remain largely unclear. Since hLF1-11 is ineffective in vitro at physiological salt(More)
There is renewed interest in the use of maggots (Lucilia sericata) to aid in healing of chronic wounds. In such wounds neutrophils precipitate tissue damage rather than contribute to healing. As the molecules responsible for the beneficial actions of maggots are contained in their excretions/secretions (ES), we assessed the effects of ES on functional(More)
The human histamine H1 Receptor (hH1R) belongs to the family of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), an attractive and proven class of drug targets in a wide range of therapeutic areas. However, due to the low amount of available purified protein and the hydrophobic nature of GPCRs, limited structural information is available on ligand-receptor interaction(More)
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) expressed by epithelial and immune cells are largely described for the defense against invading microorganisms. Recently, their immunomodulatory functions have been highlighted in various contexts. However how AMPs expressed by non-immune cells might influence autoimmune responses in peripheral tissues, such as the pancreas, is(More)
RATIONALE The leukocyte response in acute inflammation is characterized by an initial recruitment of neutrophils preceding a second wave of monocytes. Neutrophil-derived granule proteins were suggested to hold an important role in this cellular switch. The exact mechanisms by which neutrophils mediate these processes are only partially understood. (More)
LL-37/hCAP-18 is the only human member of the cathelicidin family and plays an important role in killing various pathogens, as well as in immune modulation. In this study, we investigated the effect of LL-37 on bacterial phagocytosis by macrophages and demonstrate that LL-37 enhances phagocytosis of IgG-opsonized Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria in(More)
Because of their ability to eliminate pathogens and to modulate various host immune responses, antimicrobial peptides are considered as candidate agents to fight infections by (antibiotic-resistant) pathogens. We recently reported that hLF1-11 (GRRRRSVQWCA), an antimicrobial peptide derived from the N terminus of human lactoferrin, displays diverse(More)
OBJECTIVE Loss of endothelial barrier function in arterial blood vessels is characteristic of vascular pathologies, including atherosclerosis. Here, we present a near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging methodology for quantifying endothelial permeability and macromolecular uptake in large arteries in the mouse and evaluate its applicability for studying(More)
In humans, LL-37 and eicosanoids are important mediators of inflammation and immune responses. Here we report that LL-37 promotes leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and thromboxane A2 (TXA2) generation by human monocyte-derived macrophages (HMDMs). LL-37 evokes calcium mobilization apparently via the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), activation of ERK1/2 and p38 MAPKs, as well as(More)