Ivonne van Bruggen

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Dendritic cell (DC) therapies using DC presenting tumor antigen/s can induce CD8+ CTL that mediate tumor eradication, nonetheless many patients remain unresponsive. Thus, cytokine gene vectors applied to DC may amplify these responses. Herein, we examined the responses that monocyte-derived DC (at different maturational stages) make when infected with a(More)
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a solid tumor largely unresponsive to conventional therapies. Immunological gene therapy shows promise in murine models and human clinical trials; however, the role of surgery in combination with gene therapy has not been widely studied. The aim of this study was to determine if debulking surgery improved the effectiveness of(More)
Aims—To demonstrate the value of environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) when used in combination with immunogold/silver enhancement methods as a valuable tool in ocular research, and to determine the phenotype of macrophages associated with the tunica vasculosa lentis while maintaining a topographical view of the lens surface. Methods—Prenatal(More)
Resection alone is rarely curative for advanced tumors, but the outcome generally improves with adjuvant therapy. We have previously shown that a combination of traditional chemotherapy (gemcitabine) and immunotherapy (anti-CD40/FGK-45) without surgery is synergistic and can lead to long-term cure when applied to small tumors. Such cured animals have(More)
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