Gerrit Weber

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The ocelli of Periplaneta americana were studied by light and electron microscopy. The view that the ocellus of the cockroach represents a degenerated structure can no longer be supported. All organelles necessary for function are present. The club-shaped retinular cells lie homogeneously distributed in the cupule of the ocellus. Rhabdoms are seen as(More)
The dorsal ocelli of bibionid flies, details of which have not previously been described, were examined in males of Dilophus febrilis. The three ocelli are combined within an elevated chitin capsule, in a medial position between the enlarged dorsal compound eyes. The biconvex lenses show a multiple layering of up to 150 regularly spaced, clear and dense(More)
Adoptive transfer of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-redirected T lymphocytes (CAR-T cells) has had less striking therapeutic effects in solid tumors than in lymphoid malignancies. Although active tumor-mediated immunosuppression may have a role in limiting the efficacy of CAR-T cells, functional changes in T lymphocytes after their ex vivo manipulation may(More)
BMI-1 and EZH2 are polycomb group (PcG) proteins that maintain self-renewal of stem cells, and are overexpressed in leukemia. To investigate the potential of PcG proteins as leukemia-associated antigens, and as targets for graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effects, we studied cells obtained from 86 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and 25 human(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells are key components of the innate immune system, providing potent antitumor immunity. Here, we show that the tumor growth factor-β (TGF-β)/SMAD signaling pathway is an important mechanism for NK cell immune evasion in childhood B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We characterized NK cells in 50 consecutive children with B-ALL at(More)
The title compound 17 has been synthesized for the use as hapten in the development of a competitive enzyme immunoassay for estrogen sulfamates. The synthesis started from estradiol diacetate 2. Oxyfunctionalization at C-11 to give 11alpha-hydroxy steroid 8 was accomplished by hydroboration/alkaline hydrogen peroxide oxidation of the 9(11)-dehydro(More)
The 5 alpha- and 5 beta-oriented delta 3-double bond isomers 8, 9 of the widely used progestin desogestrel (7) were synthesized. Wittig olefination reaction of the 5 alpha-intermediate 12 showed a dramatically reduced reaction rate compared with the olefination of the 5 beta-intermediate 13. Computational studies suggest that different energies of the(More)
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