Claudia Papewalis

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Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is not only the principal regulator of the central hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis but also exerts direct actions on peripheral tissues. We analyzed the expression of CRH receptors in microdissected preparations of normal human adrenal glands and in adrenocortical and adrenomedullary tumors, employing(More)
BACKGROUND Dendritic cell (DC) vaccines can induce antitumor immune responses in patients with malignant diseases, while the most suitable DC culture conditions have not been established yet. In this study we compared monocyte derived human DC from conventional cultures containing GM-CSF and IL-4/TNF-alpha (IL-4/TNF-DC) with DC generated by the novel(More)
Several studies have reported a positive relationship of the body fat mass and bone density. However, it is not clear whether adipocyte-derived signaling molecules directly act on osteoblasts or osteoclasts. Therefore, we investigated the effect of fat cell-secreted factors on the proliferation and differentiation of preosteoblasts and the molecular(More)
Tumor antigens are surface molecules that are mostly cancer specific, often overexpressed and recognized by the immune system. Therefore, identifying tumor antigens is of key importance for developing new immunotherapies for incurable cancers. For endocrine malignancies, several different tumor-associated antigens have been described, including polypeptide(More)
Up to now, there are no curative therapies available for the subset of metastasized undifferentiated/anaplastic thyroid carcinomas. This review describes the possible use of immunocompetent cells which may help to restore the antitumor immune recognition for treating an existing tumor or preventing its recurrence. The most prominent experimental strategy is(More)
Currently, no effective treatment for malignant pheochromocytoma exists. The aim of our study was to investigate the role of chromogranin A (CgA) as a specific target molecule for immunotherapy in a murine model for pheochromocytoma. Six amino acid-modified and non-modified CgA peptides were used for dendritic cell vaccination. Altogether, 50 mice received(More)
Lymphatic infiltration is a well known phenomenon in different tumors including endocrine malignancies. However, little is known about the role of antigen-presenting cells and T cell activation in this context. The aim of our study was to investigate the quantity and function of CD14+/CD56+ monocytes in tumor patients including endocrine malignancies.(More)
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