H. P. Vollmers

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With functional assays we selected a monoclonal antibody (anti-Arc-1) that perturbs specific cell-cell contacts of MDCK epithelial cells in tissue culture. The cells loosen their tight junctions, become uncoupled, and their polarity is abolished. Several findings show that the corresponding antigen appears to be a cell-surface protein of MDCK epithelial(More)
It has previously been shown that the monoclonal antibody anti-Arc-1 dissociates Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells and changes their morphology in vitro 35:667-675). In this article we demonstrate that the anti-Arc-1 antibody recognizes an uvomorulin-like molecule on MDCK cells, i.e., it immunoprecipitates an 84-kD protein fragment from a(More)
A murine monoclonal antibody, SLOW-1, was selected, which inhibits the locomotion of chick embryo fibroblasts (the immunizing cells) in tissue culture. The antibody, an IgM, cross-reacts in locomotion assays with a number of tumor and untransformed cells, and on fixed and permeabilized cells binds 1-5 X 10(5) target sites with an affinity of 10(-8) M. The(More)
In this study, large numbers of hybridomas (produced by syngeneic immunization with B16 mouse melanoma and fusion with NS-1 myeloma cells) were screened for the production of antibodies that affected morphology and growth of animal and human tumor cells in vitro. Two such antibodies, NORM-1 and NORM-2 (both IgG2a), inhibited the growth of B16 melanoma cells(More)
The human monoclonal antibody SC-1 was isolated from a patient with a diffuse-type adenocarcinoma of the stomach using somatic cell hybridization. The immunoglobulin (Ig)M antibody reacts specifically with diffuse- (70%) and intestinal-type (25%) gastric adenocarcinoma and induces apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. When used in clinical trials with stomach(More)
The germline coded human monoclonal IgM antibody 103/51 was isolated from a gastric carcinoma patient. This antibody binds to a 130-kd membrane molecule and has a mitotic effect on tumor cells in vitro. To characterize the target, we sequenced the protein and showed that the antibody binds to the cysteine-rich fibroblast growth factor receptor (CFR)-1,(More)
To obtain suitable cell lines for the immortalisation of human lymphocytes, we constructed a heteromyeloma between the murine myeloma Ag8 and human lymphocytes from a highly malignant polymorphic, centroblastic B-cell lymphoma. The thioguanine-resistant and HAT-sensitive heteromyeloma HAB-1 neither secretes nor contains cytoplasmatic immunoglobulins, the(More)
Over the years, natural IgM antibodies were considered as the parias among the immune competent molecules. Their characteristic properties, like low affinity, cross-reactivity and pentameric structure, were assessed as difficult and nebulous. Today, mainly based on the persistent work of a few researchers and the key discoveries on innate immunity, natural(More)
In this paper we investigate the reactivity pattern of T cells from stomach carcinoma patients against autologous tumour cells. T cells obtained from the tumour environment, tumour-draining lymph nodes and peripheral blood were cloned in 78 patients with stomach cancer and anti-tumour cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) precursor frequencies were assessed in(More)
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