Christine Siepl

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In this study microglial cells isolated from brain cell cultures of newborn mice were characterized and investigated for morphology, their responses to growth factors and their functional properties. The microglial cells were phagocytic, contained nonspecific esterase activity and expressed Fc (IgG1/2b) and type-3 complement receptors. Scanning electron(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta 1 is a polypeptide that is assumed to play a fundamental role in the growth of both normal and neoplastic cells. TGF-beta 2 is a closely related polypeptide, originally described as glioblastoma cell-derived T cell suppressor factor (G-TsF) due to its immunosuppressive activity. Expression of the genes for TGF-beta 1(More)
T cell suppressor factor produced by human glioblastoma cells inhibits T cell proliferation in vitro and more specifically interferes with interleukin-2 (IL-2)-dependent T cell growth. Here we report the purification of this factor from conditioned medium of the human glioblastoma cell line 308. Amino-terminal sequence analysis of the 12.5-kd protein(More)
The synthesis and release of prostaglandins have been studied in oligodendrocytes isolated from adult pig brain. Radioactively labelled arachidonic acid and di-homo-y-linoleic acid were offered as precursors and their incorporation into individual phospholipids followed. Most of the labelling was incorporated into phosphatidylinositol, which may serve as a(More)
Human glioblastoma cells secrete a peptide termed glioblastoma-derived T cell suppressor factor (G-TsF) which inhibits T cell activation. Recently, purification and cloning of G-TsF revealed that G-TsF is identical to transforming growth factor-beta 2. As shown here, G-TsF suppresses the growth of an ovalbumin-specific mouse T helper cell clone (OVA-7T)(More)
Glioblastomas are among the most malignant tumours for which no curative treatment exists. A dysfunction of cellular immunity with decreased skin reactivity and lymphocyte blastogenesis has been described in patients with glioblastomas. In culture human glioblastoma cells release a factor termed glioblastoma-derived T cell suppressor factor (G-TsF) which(More)
Three ovalbumin-specific T helper cell lines (OVA-7T cells) that differ in their susceptibility to the immunosuppressive effects of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) were cloned. The frequency of TGF-beta-resistant OVA-7T cell clones correlated with the decline of TGF-beta sensitivity in the original OVA-7T parental cell lines. In(More)
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