C. Rössig

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Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), a pleiotropic cytokine that regulates cell growth and differentiation, is secreted by many human tumors and markedly inhibits tumor-specific cellular immunity. Tumors can avoid the differentiating and apoptotic effects of TGF-beta by expressing a nonfunctional TGF-beta receptor. We have determined whether this(More)
In 29 of 36 children with fetal alcohol syndrome brainstem auditory-evoked potentials were performed and the auditory threshold was determined. The hearing of patients with a pathologic finding was then subject to a thorough ear-nose-throat examination. Additionally the IQ was determined and an audiolinguistic examination was carried out. Seventy-five % of(More)
Human Epstein-Barr virus-specific T cells were genetically modified to express chimeric receptors specific for human CD19, which is expressed on the cell surface of most B cell malignancies. The receptor-modified EBV-specific T cells can be expanded and maintained long term in the presence of EBV-infected B cells. They recognize autologous EBV-infected(More)
Genetic engineering of human T lymphocytes to express tumor antigen-specific chimeric immune receptors is an attractive means for providing large numbers of effector cells for adoptive immunotherapy. Major mechanisms of tumor escape from immune recognition are efficiently bypassed. Although adoptive transfer of chimeric receptor-expressing peripheral(More)
Induction therapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) traditionally includes prednisone; yet, dexamethasone may have higher antileukemic potency, leading to fewer relapses and improved survival. After a 7-day prednisone prephase, 3720 patients enrolled on trial Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica and(More)
BACKGROUND No effective therapeutic modalities exist for the treatment of relapsed high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Adoptive cellular immunotherapy by transfusion of polyclonal donor lymphocytes is not always effective and is limited by cellular cross-reactivity with normal tissues, leading to development of clinical graft-versus-host disease(More)
Transforming growth factor ␤ (TGF-␤), a pleiotropic cytokine that regulates cell growth and differentiation, is secreted by many human tumors and markedly inhibits tumor-specific cellular immunity. Tumors can avoid the differentiating and apoptotic effects of TGF-␤ by expressing a nonfunctional TGF-␤ receptor. We have determined whether this immune evasion(More)
BACKGROUND Accumulation of the cytosine arabinoside (ara-C) metabolite ara-C-triphosphate (ara-CTP) in leukemic blast cells is considered to be the main determinant of ara-C cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo. Retinoids such as all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) have been shown to increase the sensitivity of acute myelogenous leukemic (AML) blast cells to ara-C.(More)
Mutations of the hematopoietic transcription factor GATA1 (GATA1s) are pathognomonic in newborn with transient leukemia and children with Down syndrome and myeloid leukemia (ML-DS). Both TL and ML-DS can also occur in children with trisomy 21 mosaic.Between 2002 and 2011, 15 newborns and infants were diagnosed with DS mosaic. 9 of them presented with TL and(More)