Frank N J van Diepen

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Although virus-specific CD4(+) T cells have been characterized extensively in latently infected individuals, it is unclear how these protective T-cell responses develop during primary virus infection in humans. Here, we analyzed the kinetics and characteristics of cytomegalovirus-specific (CMV-specific) CD4(+) T cells in the course of primary CMV infection(More)
BACKGROUND Current immunosuppressive drug treatments for renal transplant recipients result in high one-year graft survival rates. Despite adequate suppression of the immune response directed to the allograft, the immune system remains able to cope with many infectious agents. METHODS To define the influence of distinct immunosuppressive treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Use of the murine CD3 monoclonal antibody OKT3 is limited by first-dose side effects, which are thought to be caused by the release of inflammatory mediators. Because these processes might be influenced by the speed of administration, we compared a 2-hr OKT3 infusion with the bolus infusion usually applied nowadays. METHODS Eighteen renal(More)
The effects of the administration of OKT3, a second immunoglobulin G2a (IgG2a) anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody (mAb), and its isotype switch variant IgA on granulocyte kinetics were compared for 5 hours after the first administration of the mAb. In addition, in vivo and in vitro studies were performed on alterations in expression of CD11b and CD62L induced by(More)
Although many breast cancers respond to chemotherapy or hormonal therapy, lack of tumor eradication is a central clinical problem preceding the development of drug resistant tumors. Using the K14cre;Brca1(F5-13/F5-13);p53(F2-10/F2-10) mouse model for hereditary breast cancer, we have previously studied responses of mammary tumors to clinically relevant(More)
Respiratory side effects that sometimes occur during treatment with anti-CD3 MAb OKT3 might result from pulmonary sequestration of activated neutrophils. Therefore, we studied complement activation in relation to activation and pulmonary sequestration of neutrophils during antirejection treatment with OKT3. In each of nine patients studied, plasma(More)
Neutrophils have the shortest half-life among circulating leucocytes and rapidly undergo apoptosis in vitro. The homologous Bcl-2 and Bax proteins have opposing effects, with Bcl-2 extending cellular survival and Bax promoting cell death following an apoptotic stimulus. We determined Bcl-2 to Bax expression ratios in peripheral blood lymphocytes, monocytes(More)
Granzyme B (GrB) has been implicated in induction of apoptosis in target cells. The presence of GrB in peripheral blood CD8+ T cells from healthy individuals was analysed in immunocytochemical and flow cytometric studies. Furthermore, CD8+ GrB- T cells and CD8+ GrB+ T cells were compared regarding phenotypical characteristics and susceptibility to both(More)
BACKGROUND T-lymphocytes that co-express CD4 and CD8 antigens may be found in small percentages in the peripheral blood of healthy individuals, and have a CD4brightCD8dull phenotype. CD4dullCD8bright T-lymphocytes have been found only in temporal association with some viral infections. METHODS Four-colour flow cytometric analysis of peripheral blood(More)