Hans Joerg Fehling

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The development of pre-T cells with productive TCR-beta rearrangements can be mediated by each the pre-T cell receptor (pre-TCR), the TCR-alphabeta as well as the TCR-gammadelta, albeit by distinct mechanisms. Although the TCR-gammadelta affects CD4-8- precursor cells irrespective of their rearrangement status by TCR-beta mechanisms not involving TCR-beta(More)
Cell competition is an emerging principle underlying selection for cellular fitness during development and disease. Competition may be relevant for cancer, but an experimental link between defects in competition and tumorigenesis is elusive. In the thymus, T lymphocytes develop from precursors that are constantly replaced by bone-marrow-derived progenitors.(More)
TCR expression and requires extrinsic growth factors, the most critical being IL-7 and SCF (Rodewald et al., 1997). TCR gene rearrangements are initiated during the transition from CD25 ϩ 44 ϩ to CD25 ϩ 44 Ϫ stages. The latter stage marks a major checkpoint in T cell development , wherein cells destined to develop into ␣␤ T cells Division of Immunology must(More)
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) maintain immune homeostasis by limiting inflammatory responses. TRAF6 plays a key role in the regulation of innate and adaptive immunity by mediating signals from various receptors including the T-cell receptor (TCR). T cell-specific deletion of TRAF6 has been shown to induce multiorgan inflammatory disease, but the role of TRAF6(More)
Costimulatory signals by CD28 are critical for thymic regulatory T-cell (Treg) development. To determine the functional relevance of CD28 for peripheral Treg post thymic selection, we crossed the widely used Forkhead box protein 3 (Foxp3)-CreYFP mice to mice bearing a conditional Cd28 allele. Treg-specific CD28 deficiency provoked a severe autoimmune(More)
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