Benjamin Vogel

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Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), a member of the herpes virus family, is characterized by a short replication cycle, high cytopathogenicity and distinct neurotropism. Primary infection and reactivation may cause severe diseases in immunocompetent and immunosuppressed individuals. This study investigated the role of human plasmacytoid dendritic cells(More)
Herpesviruses establish latency in suitable host cells after primary infection and persist in their host organisms for life. Most of the viral genes are silenced during latency, also enabling the virus to escape from an immune response. This study addresses the control of viral gene silencing by epigenetic mechanisms, using Herpesvirus saimiri (HVS) as a(More)
Factors affecting response and survival in patients with myelodysplasia treated with immunosuppressive therapy. Immunosuppressive therapy with anti-thymocyte globulin and cyclosporine A in selected children with hypoplastic refractory cytopenia. Increased frequency of HLA-DR2 in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and the PNH/aplastic anemia(More)
This study addresses the timing of gammaherpesviral episomal DNA replication with respect to the cell cycle. For the first time we analyzed a rhadinovirus, the prototype Herpesvirus saimiri (HVS), and compared it to the lymphocryptovirus Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Newly synthesized DNA of latently infected B- or T-cells was first BrdU-labeled; then we sorted(More)
Constitutive STAT signaling provides growth promoting signals in many forms of malignancy. We performed molecular modeling and molecular dynamics studies of the interaction between the regulatory Src homology 2 (SH2) domains of STAT3 and 6 with phosphorylated peptides of the herpesviral oncoprotein Tip, which facilitates Src kinase mediated STAT-activation(More)
Aberrant growth stimulation by Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription (STAT) is implicated in human carcinogenesis. The viral effector oncoprotein Tip, which binds to and is phosphorylated by the T-cell lymphocyte kinase Lck, is crucial in the activation of the cellular STAT5 signalling pathway in Herpesvirus-transformed T-cell lines, a model(More)
The routine transformation of human CD8(pos) T cells by Herpesvirus saimiri has so far not been achieved in the case of pre-expanded antigen-specific CTLs. Here we transformed 73% of polyclonal EBV-specific CD8(pos) T cell cultures using an optimized culture medium supplemented with IL-2, IL-7, IL-12, and TGF-beta(1). Still, antigen-specific cytotoxicity(More)
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