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BACKGROUND The molecular cause of inflammatory bowel disease is largely unknown. METHODS We performed genetic-linkage analysis and candidate-gene sequencing on samples from two unrelated consanguineous families with children who were affected by early-onset inflammatory bowel disease. We screened six additional patients with early-onset colitis for(More)
BACKGROUND The main features of severe congenital neutropenia are the onset of severe bacterial infections early in life, a paucity of mature neutrophils, and an increased risk of leukemia. In many patients, the genetic causes of severe congenital neutropenia are unknown. METHODS We performed genomewide genotyping and linkage analysis on two(More)
Tumor microenvironment is composed of different cell types including immune cells. Far from acting to eradicate cancer cells, these bone marrow-derived components could be involved in carcinogenesis and/or tumor invasion and metastasis. Here, we describe an alternative approach to treat solid tumors based on the genetic modification of hematopoietic stem(More)
OBJECTIVE Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a primary immunodeficiency disorder characterized by recurrent infections, autoimmunity, microthrombocytopenia, and susceptibility to malignant tumors. Compared with the conventional treatment using allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy might offer more specific and less(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic autoimmune liver disease usually requiring life-long immunosuppression. The mechanisms for disease initiation and chronicity are largely unknown. A contribution of deficient regulatory T cells (Tregs) in the blood was controversially discussed recently. So far investigations in the target organ have(More)
The structurally related MAPK-activated protein kinases (MAPKAPKs or MKs) MK2, MK3 and MK5 are involved in multiple cellular functions, including cell-cycle control and cellular differentiation. Here, we show that after deregulation of cell-cycle progression, haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in MK2-deficient mice are reduced in number and show an impaired(More)
Adoptive transfer of regulatory T (Treg) cells could be an alternative to chronic immunosuppression for prevention of allogeneic graft rejection. While polyspecific Treg cells can prevent immune responses under lymphopenic conditions, Ag-specific Treg cells are needed to treat autoimmunity and graft rejection. Yet, reliable markers for Ag-specific Treg(More)
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic autoimmune inflammation of the liver usually requiring life-long immunosuppression. Steroids and azathioprin are the standard therapy, but the therapy is accompanied by strong side effects. Due to the fact that AIH is often recognized during late course of disease, it is difficult to obtain knowledge about the(More)
UNLABELLED Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is defined as a chronic liver disease with loss of tolerance against liver tissue eventually leading to cirrhosis if left untreated. 80%-90% of patients can be treated with a life-long immunosuppression. Unfortunately, there are strong drug-related side effects and steroid-refractory patients. Therefore, there is a need(More)
CD4(+)CD25highFOXP3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) can control allospecific immune responses in vitro and in titrated lymphopenic transplantation models. However, under non-lymphopenic conditions, as seen in patients with autoimmune diseases or after organ transplantation, polyspecific Tregs so far have been largely ineffective to control immune responses in(More)