Britta Bade

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Granzymes are serine proteases released from the granules of cytotoxic lymphocytes during the induction of apoptosis. To evaluate the physiologic role of human granzyme K (GzmK), we developed a sensitive ELISA which was shown to specifically detect human GzmK in its active as well as its inactive conformation. Analysis of the lysate of lymphokine-activated(More)
NK cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes can induce apoptosis in virus-infected and transformed target cells via the granule exocytosis pathway. The key components of the cytolytic granules are perforin and several serine esterases, termed granzymes. While the cellular distribution of human granzymes A (GrA) and B (GrB) has been well characterized much less is(More)
Granzymes (Gzm) are a group of serine proteases which are stored in the granules of cytotoxic lymphocytes. In humans, five granzymes have been characterized to date at the molecular level. While GzmA and GzmB have been extensively studied, little is known about GzmH, GzmK and GzmM. In this study, we describe the generation of mAbs against human GzmK and(More)
BACKGROUND Allergic asthma has been linked to an increase in T-helper type 2-like cytokines and T cells, but there is growing evidence for a role of lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of asthma. Therefore, we investigated the cytotoxic potential of different lymphocyte subpopulations in patients with allergic asthma. METHODS(More)
It has been postulated that T lymphocytes orchestrate the chronic inflammation in bronchial asthma. In animal models, infiltration of CD8+ T lymphocytes into the bronchial mucosa prevented bronchial hyperresponsiveness and decreased early and late phase reaction. IFN-gamma antagonizes IL-4-dependent IgE production as well as IL-5-induced proliferation and(More)
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