Annemieke Th den Boer

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Disruption of one copy of the human CREB binding protein (CBP or CREBBP) gene leads to the Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RTS), a developmental disorder characterized by retarded growth and mental functions, broad thumbs, broad big toes and typical facial abnormalities. The CREB binding protein (CBP) is an essential transcriptional coactivator for many(More)
Adequate spontaneous activation of tumor-specific T lymphocytes in tumor-bearing hosts is rare, despite the expression of tumor antigens that are potentially highly immunogenic. For example, failure of the immune system to raise competent responses against established tumors expressing the human adenovirus E1A-antigen allows this tumor to grow in(More)
Encounter of Ag by naive T cells can lead to T cell priming as well as tolerance. The balance between immunity and tolerance is controlled by the conditions of Ag encounter and the activation status of the APC. We have investigated the rules that govern this balance in case an environment that normally induces tolerance is reverted into a milieu that(More)
The fate of naive CD8(+) T cells is determined by the environment in which they encounter MHC class I presented peptide Ags. The manner in which tumor Ags are presented is a longstanding matter of debate. Ag presentation might be mediated by tumor cells in tumor draining lymph nodes or via cross-presentation by professional APC. Either pathway is(More)
Triggering of 4-1BB, a member of the TNFR family, through in vivo administration of agonistic anti-4-1BB Ab delivers a powerful costimulatory signal to CTL. We found this signal to effectively replace the need for CD4(+) T cell help in the cross-priming of tumor-specific CTL immunity. Furthermore, 4-1BB Ab can convert an otherwise tolerogenic peptide(More)
Naive T cells can be tolerized in the periphery by diverse mechanisms. However, the extent to which memory T cells are susceptible to tolerance induction is less well defined. Vaccination of mice with a minimal CTL epitope derived from human adenovirus type 5 E1A in IFA s.c. readily tolerizes naive as well as recently activated CD8(+) T cells due to the(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is associated with insulin resistance and chronic low-grade inflammation. Insulin has been described to have anti-inflammatory effects in immune cells. Therefore, insulin resistance in immune cells can be expected to have important consequences for immune function. Here, we investigate whether freshly isolated monocytes and T cells,(More)
Immune privilege in the eye is considered essential in the protection against local sight-threatening inflammatory responses. However, the deviant immune responses in the eye may also provide an ideal opportunity to uncontrolled growth of viruses or tumors by inhibiting intraocular immunological attack. To establish to what extent immune privilege(More)
The clinical findings in 12 Angelman syndrome (AS) patients (4 sib pairs and 4 sporadic cases, aged 12-55 years) without a cytogenetic or molecular detectable defect at the AS locus were compared to those of 28 AS patients (aged 11-50 years) with a deletion, in order to determine whether the clinical spectrum differed between the two groups. There were only(More)
Immune privilege of the eye protects against sight-threatening inflammatory events, but can also permit outgrowth of otherwise nonlethal immunogenic tumors. Nonetheless, ocular tumor growth can be controlled by cellular immune responses. However, this will normally result in phthisis of the eye, in case tumor rejection is mediated by a delayed-type(More)