Antje Necker

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Several studies have demonstrated the existence of a murine NK1.1+ alphabeta T cell subset expressing V alpha14+ TCR alpha-chains with highly conserved invariant junctional sequences and able to secrete Th2 cytokines when exposed to CD1+ stimulator cells. In humans, alphabeta T cells carrying invariant V alpha24+ TCR alpha-chains highly homologous to those(More)
CD8(+) T cells are thought to play an important role in protective immunity to tuberculosis. Although several nonprotein ligands have been identified for CD1-restricted CD8(+) CTLs, epitopes for classical MHC class I-restricted CD8(+) T cells, which most likely represent a majority among CD8(+) T cells, have remained ill defined. HLA-A*0201 is one of the(More)
V delta 3 usage and combinatorial expression of V gamma and V delta regions was studied on peripheral T cells with a novel V delta 3-specific mAb (p11.10b), generated against a soluble V gamma 9V delta 3 TCR. V delta 3+ cells represented the vast majority of V delta 1/V delta 2- gamma delta T cells within peripheral blood and mucosal lymphocytes. No(More)
Peptides derived from human tumor antigens have been used in a number of clinical trials to induce specific immune responses against autologous tumors in cancer patients. Although favorable clinical results were observed in single patients, immune responses correlating with tumor regression were either not detected or in case of responses, the T-cell(More)
Oligoclonal expansion of antigen-specific T cells occurs frequently during inflammatory diseases. These cells may persist for a long time at high frequency in the body and be enriched in the affected tissues. As a screening test for expanded cell T cell populations at sites of inflammation, we developed an optimized methodology for flow-cytometry-based(More)
Vitiligo is a common skin disease characterized by the presence of well circumscribed, depigmented, milky white macules devoid of identifiable melanocytes. Although the detection of circulating anti-melanocytic antibodies and of infiltrating lymphocytes at the margin of lesions supports the view that vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder, its etiology remains(More)
A panel of 15 mouse T-cell hybridomas, each expressing a different human Vbeta gene segment (hVbeta) in an otherwise mouse T-cell receptor (i.e., mouse alpha chain and CD3 complex), was constructed by transfection of hVbeta/mouse Cbeta chimeric T-cell receptor (TCR)-beta genes into a mouse T-cell hybridoma recipient lacking the endogenous TCR-beta chain.(More)
Rabbit antisera raised against the product of ORF UL 80 of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) genome (HindIII L fragment of AD169 strain) as well as IgM from acutely infected patients recognize an antigen of Mr 38 kDa. In the viral particle this antigen is bound via S-S bridge to a lower Mr compound to form a final complex of 62 kDa that is also recognized by(More)
CD8+ T cells can be grouped into two different types of secretory T lymphocytes, based on the cytokine-secretion pattern upon antigen exposure: those with a T-cell cytotoxic type 1 response (Tc1), which secrete interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), or those with a T-cell cytotoxic type 2 response, which secrete interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-10. We examined the CD8+(More)
MHC class I tetramers containing peptide epitopes are sensitive tools for detecting antigen-specific CD8(+) T-cell responses. We demonstrate here that binding of HLA-A2 tetramers to CD8(+) T cells specific for the melanoma-associated antigen Melan-A/MART-1 can be fine-tuned by altering either the bound peptide epitope or residues in the alpha 3 domain of(More)