Harrie L. Glansbeek

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A severe consequence of rheumatoid arthritis is depletion of proteoglycans (PGs) from articular cartilage leading to functional impairment of this tissue. We investigated whether local administration of anabolic factors (transforming growth factors-beta1 and -beta2 [TGF-beta1 and -beta2, respectively] and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) into joints(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the influence of structural properties of N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) on its adjuvanticity. Therefore, TMCs with varying degrees of quaternization (DQ, 22-86%), O-methylation (DOM, 0-76%) and acetylation (DAc 9-54%) were formulated with whole inactivated influenza virus (WIV). The formulations were characterized(More)
Osteoarthritis has as main characteristics the degradation of articular cartilage and the formation of new bone at the joint edges, so-called osteophytes. In this study enhanced expression of TGF-beta1 and -beta3 was detected in developing osteophytes and articular cartilage during murine experimental osteoarthritis. To determine the role of endogenous(More)
In order to study the influence of antigen composition, spatial organization of antigen and the route of administration, four cell culture-derived, inactivated, nonadjuvanted influenza vaccine formulations, i.e. whole inactivated virus (WIV), split, subunit and virosome vaccines were prepared from a single antigen batch. We directly compared the(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is a potent regulator of cell metabolism, proliferation, and differentiation. To study the role of endogenous TGF-beta in processes such as tissue repair and inflammation, potent and specific inhibitors are required. Because the type II TGF-beta receptor (TGF beta RII) has a high affinity for TGF-beta, the(More)
Recently, a new isoform of the type II transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGF-beta RII) was identified. This isoform (TGF-beta RII2) contains an insertion of 25 amino acids in the extracellular domain of the receptor. Using RT-PCR the authors demonstrated that both TGF-beta RII1 and TGF-beta RII2 are expressed by chondrocytes in murine and human(More)
The feasibility of a single-shot, low-dose vaccination against pandemic influenza was investigated. The immunogenicity and safety of whole inactivated, cell culture-derived H5N1 virus plus CoVaccine HT™ as adjuvant was tested in various animal species. In ferrets, doses of 4.0 and 7.5 μg H5N1 (NIBRG-14; A/Vietnam/1194/04; clade 1) without adjuvant gave low(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the impact of prolonged TGF-beta exposure on cartilage and ligamentous joint structures in vivo, to investigate involvement of TGF-beta in osteoarthritis pathology. METHODS TGF-beta was injected into murine knee joints once or repeatedly, whereafter articular cartilage proteoglycan (PG) synthesis and content, and histological changes(More)
Signals delivered by the CD40 ligand, CD154, have crucial roles in immune responses in mammals, being required for development of germinal centres, maturation of T-dependent antibody responses, and generation of B-cell memory. To determine whether these functions were conserved in a non-mammalian species, a putative chicken CD 154 cDNA was used to make an(More)
The purpose of this study was the development and physicochemical and immunological characterization of intranasal (i.n.) vaccine formulations of whole inactivated influenza virus (WIV) coated with N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC). Synthesized TMCs with a degree of quarternization of 15% (TMC15) or 37% (TMC37) were tested in vitro for their ability to(More)