Antje Habicht

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Endothelial deposition of the complement split product C4d is an established marker of antibody-mediated acute renal allograft rejection. A contribution of alloantibody-dependent immune reactions to chronic rejection is under discussion. In this study, the association of immunohistochemically detected endothelial C4d deposition in peritubular capillaries(More)
T-bet plays a crucial role in Th1 development. We investigated the role of T-bet in the development of allograft rejection in an established MHC class II-mismatched (bm12 into B6) model of chronic allograft vasculopathy (CAV). Intriguingly, and in contrast to IFN-gamma(-/-) mice that are protected from CAV, T-bet(-/-) recipients develop markedly accelerated(More)
Fetal survival during gestation implies that tolerance mechanisms suppress the maternal immune response to paternally inherited alloantigens. Here we show that the inhibitory T cell costimulatory molecule, programmed death ligand 1 (PDL1), has an important role in conferring fetomaternal tolerance in an allogeneic pregnancy model. Blockade of PDL1 signaling(More)
Programmed death-1 (PD-1), an inhibitory receptor up-regulated on activated T cells, has been shown to play a critical immunoregulatory role in peripheral tolerance, but its role in alloimmune responses is poorly understood. Using a novel alloreactive TCR-transgenic model system, we examined the functions of this pathway in the regulation of alloreactive(More)
Capillary deposition of the complement split product C4d has been discussed as a marker for antibody-mediated kidney allograft rejection. The relationship between C4d staining and posttransplant alloantibody detection remains to be thoroughly investigated, however. In this study, C4d staining in peritubular capillaries (PTC) and the incidence of(More)
INTRODUCTION Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a powerful biomarker for the early detection of acute kidney injury. However, recent data suggest that NGAL also plays an important role in chronic kidney disease (CKD), reflecting the level of acute kidney damage within the CKD condition. To study whether elevated NGAL levels in CKD are a(More)
Human tumor cell lines derived from breast and ovarian carcinomas have been found to be ineffective in stimulating the induction phase of an immune response such as T cell proliferation in allogeneic mixed tumor cell lymphocyte cultures. Since representative tumor cell lines are effectively lysed by activated T lymphocytes, the induction of an effector(More)
CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells (TRegs) are critical for the acquisition of peripheral allograft tolerance. However, it is unclear whether TRegs are capable of mediating alloantigen-specific suppressive effects and, hence, contributing to the specificity of the tolerant state. In the current report we have used the ABM TCR transgenic (Tg) system, a(More)
BACKGROUND Intravenous vitamin C supplementation to haemodialysis patients might ameliorate responsiveness to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo). This study was performed to analyse the relation between vitamin C plasma concentration and response to rHuEpo. METHODS In a cross-sectional, single-centre observational study including all haemodialysis(More)
BACKGROUND Due to the shortage of deceased donors ABO-incompatible (ABOi) living kidney transplantation has become a popular alternative to deceased kidney transplantation. In recent years, recipient desensitization with a combination of anti-CD20 treatment (rituximab), antigen-specific immunoadsorptions (IA) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), led to(More)