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Glycosaminoglycan-modified isoforms of CD44 have been implicated in growth factor presentation at sites of inflammation. In the present study we show that COS cell transfectants expressing CD44 isoforms containing the alternatively spliced exon V3 are modified with heparan sulfate (HS). Binding studies with three HS-binding growth factors, basic-fibroblast(More)
Work in animal models has suggested that interactions of members of the B7 receptor family (e.g., B7-1, B7-2) on tumor cells with their ligands CD28 and CTLA-4 on cytotoxic T cells (CTL) are important for the induction of anti-tumor immunity against malignant melanoma (MM). To determine whether these molecules are of relevance for CTL responses against(More)
Cultivated keratinocytes have been used for treatment of chronic wounds. Our group developed a new application form, using a suspension of subconfluently cultivated keratinocytes in fibrin glue (keratinocyte-fibrin-glue-suspension = KFGS), which has successfully been used in burn patients. Altogether 8 patients (average: 57 yrs.) with complex chronic wounds(More)
The cell surface glycoprotein CD44 has been implicated in the progression and metastasis of certain human tumours including malignant melanoma (MM). In animal models, certain MM cell lines, expressing high levels of CD44, displayed an augmented capacity for haematogenous metastasis, compared to those with low CD44 levels. To determine whether, in vivo, the(More)
BACKGROUND Growth factors play an important role in tissue repair. While the effectiveness of growth factor therapy in animal wound healing models and limited human clinical trials has been demonstrated, the ideal method for their administration to the wound remains unclear. Experimental data suggest that the continuous presence in the early stages of wound(More)
 To circumvent well-known drawbacks inherent in cultured epidermal sheet grafts, a new keratinocyte delivery system was experimently investigated. Human subconfluent keratinocytes were labeled with fluorescence cell linker and cultured in two brands of fibrin glue (TissucolR and BeriplastR) in vitro for 5 days. Keratinocyte fibrin glue suspensions were(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluation of the effects of cultivated, subconfluent, autologous keratinocytes in fibrin sealant (BioSeed-S) on the healing of therapy-refractive chronic wounds. PATIENTS AND METHODS Open observational study in 60 patients with chronic leg ulcers and impaired wound healing of various origins. After whole-skin excision and cultivation of the(More)
The standard form of CD44 (CD44s) and CD44 isoforms, containing sequences encoded by one or several of 10 different variant CD44 exons (v1-v10), are thought to play a crucial role in the growth and metastasis of certain human tumors. Recently, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) directed against all CD44 isoforms (panCD44), or against epitopes encoded by specific(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper aims to explore the new method of continuous delivery of epidermal growth factor to wounds by transfected fibroblasts to promote wound repair. METHODS It was constructed a novel chimeric expression plasmid in which the biologically active portion of the human epidermal growth factor (EGF) gene was fused in-frame to the human(More)
The diabetic foot ulcer is a significant clinical problem often resulting in frustranous conservative treatment or early amputation. In certain cases transfer of well vascularized tissue can improve wound healing and lead to a length-spearing therapy. In this study the concept of microsurgical tissue transfer in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers is(More)