Johanna Steinle

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BACKGROUND New preventive strategies against the development of allergic diseases focus on potentially immunomodulatory components, such as bacterial LPSs. Optimal time frames for initiating immunomodulation to receive a sufficient effect against allergen sensitization are still unclear. OBJECTIVE Using a mouse model, we investigated the influence of(More)
BACKGROUND Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules play crucial roles in immune activation by presenting foreign peptides to antigen-specific T helper cells and thereby inducing adaptive immune responses. Although adaptive immunity is a highly effective defense system, it takes several days to become fully operational and needs to be(More)
BACKGROUND Gene expression measurements became an attractive tool to assess biological responses in epidemiological studies. However, collection of blood samples poses various technical problems. We used gene expression data from two epidemiological studies to evaluate differences between sampling methods, comparability of two methods for measuring RNA(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies indicate that prenatal vitamin D intake may protect against the development of atopic diseases in young children. Vitamin D has been shown to induce tolerogenic antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells. Whether the allergy-protective potential of prenatal vitamin D is mediated through such mechanisms is, however, unknown.(More)
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