Jürg Schmitz

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Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) contribute minimally to the total cell population of lymphatic tissue. In order to obtain higher numbers of viable FDC with only a small fraction of contaminating cells the following procedure was developed. Subsequent to the usual mechanical and enzymatical digestion of human tonsils, single cells were layered on top of a(More)
Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located within follicles of secondary lymphoid tissue and in lymph nodes of patients with germinal center cell-derived non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Reliable antigenic phenotyping of FDC within tissue sections has been difficult due to simultaneous labeling of the surrounding germinal center cells. Using an enzyme cocktail to(More)
Blood monocytes as well as cells of the macrophage-phagocytic system in several tissues are targets for HIV-1 in vivo and in vitro. However, the data on HIV-1 infection of liver macrophages/Kupffer cells (KCs), which make up the main pool of fixed-tissue macrophages, is controversial. We therefore studied HIV-1 infection of KCs in vivo. Blood and liver(More)
During HIV-1 infection, extensive alterations can be observed in the germinal centers (GCs) of lymphatic tissue. The initial hyperplasia of GCs is followed by disintegration and involution of these structures. The process is accompanied by progressive destruction of the network of follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). We investigated whether or not the(More)
In compliance with federal regulations, blood banks routinely use leukocyte depletion filters to eliminate contaminating leukocytes from blood products such as red blood cell and platelet concentrates. We developed and optimized conditions to elute leukocytes adsorbed to these filters; resulting in leukocyte suspensions which we termed Filter Buffy Coats(More)
Various immune mechanisms have been reported to contribute to the progressive destruction of Th cells in HIV-1-infected patients. Among these, complement mediated lysis of infected cells has been suggested. An increased sensitivity of lymphocytes from HIV-1-infected patients to lysis by monoclonal antibodies directed to MHC class I antigen and complement(More)
In non-Hodgkin-lymphoma (NHL) with nodular growth patterns, follicular dendritic cells (FDC) form a spherical network which contains neoplastic B-cells. In order to dissect the basis of this close FDC/B cell association, the antigenic profile of adhesion molecules expressed by individual FDC and NHL-B-lymphocytes was evaluated. FDC isolated from NHL were(More)
Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located within the B-cell follicles of non-malignant lymphatic tissues and within non-Hodgkin-lymphomas (NHL) derived from the germinal centre or the mantlezone. The interactions between FDC and non-neoplastic B-cells have been extensively investigated but so far no data on functional studies with FDC isolated from(More)
OBJECTIVE CD4+ T cells are the main target for HIV. However, the highest HIV antigen concentration in infected subjects accumulates on the cell surface of follicular dendritic cells in the germinal centres of the lymphoid tissue. Germinal centres contain a T-helper cell subset which expresses CD57 molecules. Here we analysed virus replication and viral load(More)
In secondary lymphoid organs, follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located within B cell follicles and germinal centers. Through their cytoplasmic extensions they come into contact with a large number of neighboring lymphocytes. Using an enzyme cocktail to digest human tonsils followed by ultracentrifugation on bovine serum albumin gradients, single cell(More)