Christoph Marcus Bucher

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Members of the CD28 family play important roles in regulating T-cell functions and share a common gene structure profile. We have identified VSTM3 as a protein whose gene structure matches that of the other CD28 family members. This protein (also known as TIGIT and WUCAM) has been previously shown to affect immune responses and is expressed on NK cells,(More)
We hypothesized that transplacental leukocyte trafficking during pregnancy, which induces long-term, stable, reciprocal microchimerism in mother and child, might influence outcome of patients with acute leukemia given parental donor haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We analyzed the outcome of 118 patients who received(More)
We assessed incidence and risk factors of cardiovascular events in 265 patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) between 1980 and 2000 and who survived at least 2 years. Results were compared with a cohort of 145 patients treated during the same period with autologous HSCT. The median age of patients with allogeneic HSCT(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) are important complications after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with a clear link. Multiple studies show that GVHD and its treatment put patients at risk for CMV replication. Data on CMV replication as a cause of GVHD, in contrast, are controversial. We analyzed(More)
Interleukin-21 (IL-21) enhances T helper 1 (Th1) and Th17 differentiation while inhibiting the conversion of inducible regulatory T cells (Tregs) from naive T cells. To determine the role of IL-21 in graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), anti-IL-21 antibody (Ab) was given to recipients of CD25(-)CD4(+) or CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-effectors. IL-21 neutralization(More)
During graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), donor T cells become activated and migrate to tissue sites. Previously, we demonstrated a crucial role for the immunosuppressive enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) in GVHD regulation. Here, we show that upon arrival in the colon, activated donor T cells produced interferon-gamma that up-regulated IDO, causing(More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the arterial vessel wall. The A(2A) receptor (A(2A)R) plays a central role in many antiinflammatory effects of adenosine. However, the role of A(2A)R in atherosclerosis is not clear. METHODS AND RESULTS The knockout of A(2A)R in apolipoprotein E-deficient (Apoe(-/-)/A(2A)R(-/-)) mice led to(More)
OBJECTIVE To use the mice deficient in both adenosine receptor A(2A)(A(2A)R(-/-)) and apolipoprotein E (apoE(-/-)) to investigate the role of A(2A)R in mediating the interactions of leukocytes with injured arterial walls and the formation of arterial neointima induced by a guide wire. METHODS AND RESULTS In apoE(-/-) mice, A(2A)R deficiency increased the(More)
Overexpression of a constitutively active form of Stat5b (Stat5b-CA) increases regulatory T cells (Tregs). We show that Stat5b-CA transgenic (TG) CD4(+) T cells had a markedly reduced graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) capacity versus wild-type (WT) T cells. Stat5b-CA TG versus WT CD4(+) T cells had a higher proportion of Tregs, which were superior in(More)
Cyclin E amplification and overexpression have recently been described in several tumour types. However, many tumour entities have never been examined for cyclin E alterations. Numerous and time-consuming experiments were previously required to determine the significance of potential oncogenes across different tumour types. To overcome this problem, tissue(More)