Christoph Huber

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OBJECTIVE To describe an in vivo model in the rat in which change in weight distribution is used as a measure of disease progression and efficacy of acetaminophen and two nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in a model of monosodium iodoacetate (MIA)-induced osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS Intra-articular injections of MIA and saline were(More)
Prediction of clinical outcome in cancer is usually achieved by histopathological evaluation of tissue samples obtained during surgical resection of the primary tumor. Traditional tumor staging (AJCC/UICC-TNM classification) summarizes data on tumor burden (T), presence of cancer cells in draining and regional lymph nodes (N) and evidence for metastases(More)
A high proportion of tumors arise due to mutation of the p53 tumor suppressor protein. A p53 hotspot mutation at amino acid position 273 from R to H, flanking a peptide epitope that spans residues 264-272, renders cells resistant to killing by human histocompatibility leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*0201-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) specific for this(More)
Affinity maturation and Ab class switches occur in lymphoid germinal centers (GCs), in which differentiation and maintenance depend on lymphotoxin (LT) signaling and include differentiation of follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). The events leading to FDC and GC maturation are poorly defined. Using several approaches of functional genomics, we enumerated(More)
Tumour-specific mutations are ideal targets for cancer immunotherapy as they lack expression in healthy tissues and can potentially be recognized as neo-antigens by the mature T-cell repertoire. Their systematic targeting by vaccine approaches, however, has been hampered by the fact that every patient's tumour possesses a unique set of mutations ('the(More)
The identification and functional characterization of tumor-specific genes is a prerequisite for the development of targeted cancer therapies. Using an integrated data mining and experimental validation approach for the discovery of new targets for antibody therapy of cancer, we identified PLAC1. PLAC1 is a placenta-specific gene with no detectable(More)
The cutting of trees influences element turnover in the forest ecosystem. The reduction of plant uptake, as well as an increased mineralization and nitrification due to higher soil temperature and soil moisture, can lead to considerable losses of nutrients from the main rooting zone. This may result in a reduced soil fertility and a decrease in drinking(More)
The HLA class I antigen-processing machinery (APM) plays a crucial role in the generation of peptides from endogenously synthesized proteins and in their presentation to cytotoxic T lymphocytes. The potential role of defects of APM components in immune escape mechanisms used by malignant cells has prompted us to analyze their expression in renal cell(More)
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), internal tandem duplications (ITDs) of the juxtamembrane (JM) of FLT3 have been shown to play a crucial role in driving proliferation and survival of the leukemic clone. Here, we report the identification of FLT3_ITD mutations located in non-JM domains of the FLT3-receptor. This novel type of FLT3_ITD mutation was found in(More)
Currently, FLT3 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are emerging as the most promising drug therapy to overcome the dismal prognosis of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients harboring internal tandem duplications (ITDs) of FLT3. However, up-front drug resistance occurs in approximately 30% of patients, and molecular mechanisms of resistance are poorly(More)