C. Krieg

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The immunostimulatory cytokine interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a growth factor for a wide range of leukocytes, including T cells and natural killer (NK) cells. Considerable effort has been invested in using IL-2 as a therapeutic agent for a variety of immune disorders ranging from AIDS to cancer. However, adverse effects have limited its use in the clinic. On(More)
Homeostasis in the immune system encompasses the mechanisms governing maintenance of a functional and diverse pool of lymphocytes, thus guaranteeing immunity to pathogens while remaining self-tolerant. Antigen-naïve T cells rely on survival signals through contact with self-peptide-loaded major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules plus interleukin(More)
A sample of 48 former nonpsychotic inpatients was studied with respect to the overlap of depression and anxiety. Particular emphasis was placed on social dysfunctions associated with anxiety disorder as both a pure and a mixed condition. Furthermore, another question examined was whether social dysfunctions represent a risk factor for the development of a(More)
Excessive activation of blood coagulation and neutrophil accumulation have been described in several human cancers. However, whether hypercoagulation and neutrophilia are linked and involved in cancer development is currently unknown. Here we show that spontaneous intestinal tumorigenesis correlates with the accumulation of low-density neutrophils with a(More)
Stromal cells at epithelial surfaces contribute to innate immunity by sensing environmental danger signals and producing proinflammatory cytokines. However, the role of stromal cells in controlling local inflammation is unknown. We show that endogenous soluble IL-15 receptor α (IL-15Rα) derived from epidermal stroma, notably keratinocytes, protects against(More)
The hypothesis of a significant involvement of the cholinergic system in the pathogenesis of affective disorders still lacks strong experimental support. This is mainly because of missing specific peripheral markers of the central nervous activity of the cholinergic system and the lack of specific cholinergic agonists and antagonists without severe(More)
Neuroendocrine abnormalities in depression have been regarded, by many authors, as relatively specific markers of nosological subtypes of the disorder, e.g. primary vs. secondary, endogenous vs. non-endogenous or unipolar vs. bipolar depression. They should reflect the same changes in central neurotransmitters (e.g. noradrenergic insufficiency and/or(More)
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