Christel Gremion

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Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) induces a chronic infection in 50%-80% of infected individuals, which can lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The inefficiency of the immune system in eliminating the virus is not well understood as humoral and cellular immune responses are induced. While a persistent infection is generally associated with a weak CD4+ and(More)
The purpose of a vaccine is the induction of effective cellular and/or humoral immune responses against antigens. Because defined antigens are often poor immunogens when administered alone, an adjuvant is required to potentiate the immune response. Most of these adjuvants are designed to induce humoral immune responses, including immunopotentiating(More)
The role of Fas-mediated lysis of hepatocytes in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-induced injury is frequently discussed. We therefore analyzed the effect of the number of HCV antigen-expressing cells, the mode of antigen presentation, and the number of cytotoxic T lymphocytes in a coculture system mimicking cellular components of the liver. Here, we show that(More)
A novel vaccine (PEV7) consisting of a truncated, recombinant aspartyl proteinase-2 of Candida albicans incorporated into influenza virosomes was studied. This vaccine candidate generated a potent serum antibody response in mouse and rat following intramuscular immunization. Anti-Sap2 IgG and IgA were also detected in the vaginal fluid of rats following(More)
The cellular immune response plays a central role in virus clearance and pathogenesis of liver disease in hepatitis C. The study of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific immune responses is limited by currently available cell-culture systems. Here, the establishment and characterization of stable human HLA-A2-positive B-lymphoblastoid x T hybrid cell lines(More)
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