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Dendritic cells (DCs) are considered to be promising adjuvants for inducing immunity to cancer. We used mature, monocyte-derived DCs to elicit resistance to malignant melanoma. The DCs were pulsed with Mage-3A1 tumor peptide and a recall antigen, tetanus toxoid or tuberculin. 11 far advanced stage IV melanoma patients, who were progressive despite standard(More)
It has been known for years that rodents harbor a unique population of CD4(+)CD25(+) "professional" regulatory/suppressor T cells that is crucial for the prevention of spontaneous autoimmune diseases. Here we demonstrate that CD4(+)CD25(+)CD45RO(+) T cells (mean 6% of CD4(+) T cells) are present in the blood of adult healthy volunteers. In contrast to(More)
Dendritic cell (DC) vaccination, albeit still in an early stage, is a promising strategy to induce immunity to cancer. We explored whether DC can expand Ag-specific CD8+ T cells even in far-advanced stage IV melanoma patients. We found that three to five biweekly vaccinations of mature, monocyte-derived DC (three vaccinations of 6 x 106 s.c. followed by two(More)
It has been recently demonstrated that regulatory CD4(+)CD25(+) CD45RO(+) T cells are present in the peripheral blood of healthy adults and exert regulatory function similar to their rodent counterparts. It remains difficult to understand how the small fraction of these T cells that regulate via direct cell-to-cell contact and not via secretion of(More)
It has been recently demonstrated that regulatory CD4 ϩ CD25 ϩ CD45RO ϩ T cells are present in the peripheral blood of healthy adults and exert regulatory function similar to their rodent counterparts. It remains difficult to understand how the small fraction of these T cells that regulate via direct cell-to-cell contact and not via secretion of(More)
Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a severe autoimmune bullous skin disorder and is primarily associated with circulating autoantibodies against desmoglein 3 (Dsg3) that are presumably regulated by Th cells. The aim of this study was to identify Dsg3-specific T regulatory (Tr) cells that may help to maintain and restore natural tolerance against Dsg3.(More)
The permanent genetic programming via gene transfer of autologous T cells with cell surface receptors directed toward tumor-related Ags holds great promise for the development of more-specific tumor therapies. In this study we have explored the use of Abs directed to MHC-peptide complexes (or TCR-like Abs) to engraft CTLs with exquisite specificity for(More)
Dendritic cell (DC) vaccination, i.e. the adoptive transfer of antigen-loaded DC, is still at an early stage and requires standardization. In this study, we investigated the exogenous loading of monocyte-derived DCs with HLA class I- and II-restricted peptides, as despite widespread use, little effort has been put into its pre-clinical validation. We found(More)
Disease progression in patients suffering from malignant melanomas is often determined by metastatic spreading into brain parenchyma. Systemic chemotherapy regimens are, therefore, mandatory for successful treatment. Most recently, inhibitors of histone deacetylases (HDACi) have been shown to significantly inhibit melanoma progression. Here, mouse as well(More)
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