Cornelis A M van Bergen

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Minor histocompatibility antigens (mHags) play an important role in both graft-versus-tumor effects and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. We applied biochemical techniques and mass spectrometry to identify the peptide recognized by a dominant tumor-reactive donor T-cell reactivity isolated from a patient with(More)
Relapse of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) can be successfully treated by donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI). However, relapse of accelerated phase CML, blast crisis, or acute leukemia after allogeneic SCT are resistant to DLI in the majority of cases. In vitro-selected and expanded(More)
T-cell alloreactivity directed against non-self-HLA molecules has been assumed to be less peptide specific than conventional T-cell reactivity. A large variation in degree of peptide specificity has previously been reported, including single peptide specificity, polyspecificity, and peptide degeneracy. Peptide polyspecificity was illustrated using synthetic(More)
Patients with a relapse of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation can be successfully treated with blood mononuclear cells from the original bone marrow donor. However, the antileukemic effect of this treatment is often accompanied by graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Treatment with cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) lines or(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Graft-versus-host-disease may be avoided and the likelihood of a graft-versus-leukemia reaction increased by infusion of in vitro generated, leukemia-reactive, cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) lines as treatment for patients with relapsed leukemia after allogeneic stem cell transplantation, instead of donor lymphocyte infusion. The aim(More)
Patients with malignant diseases can be effectively treated with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). Polymorphic peptides presented in HLA molecules, the so-called minor histocompatibility antigens (MiHA), play a crucial role in antitumor immunity as targets for alloreactive donor T cells. Identification of multiple MiHAs is(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL) have been generated in vitro against chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)-associated BCR/ABL-specific peptides. We analyzed the existence of high-avidity T cells recognizing endogenously processed BCR/ABL-specific proteins. DESIGN AND METHODS We performed binding studies of BCR/ABL-specific peptides,(More)
CD8+ T cell-depleted (TCD) donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) after TCD allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) has been associated with a reduced risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) while preserving conversion to donor hematopoiesis and antitumor immunity, providing a rationale for exploring CD4+ T cell-based immunotherapy for(More)
Potent graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effects can be mediated by donor-derived T cells recognizing minor histocompatibility antigens (mHags) in patients treated with donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) for relapsed hematologic malignancies after HLA-matched allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT). Donor-derived T cells, however, may not only induce GVL, but(More)
Severe combined immunodeficient (Scid) mice inoculated with the human (t(14;18)-positive B cell lines DoHH2 and BEVA develop lethal systemically disseminated lymphoma (de Kroon et al., Leukemia 8:1385, and Blood 80 [suppl 1]:436). These models were used to study the therapeutic effect of rat-anti-human CD52 (Campath-1G) or CD45 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs)(More)