Johannes Bernd Prisack

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BACKGROUND Osteosarcomas are primary malignant tumors of bone or soft parts arising from bone-forming mesenchymal cells. Despite dramatic therapeutic advances, namely neo-adjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy, progress is at a plateau. Cytokine-mediated gene therapy might represent a further advance in the therapy of the osteosarcoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
PURPOSE In this study we evaluated the ability of inducing activation of the enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) for the development of a new adjuvant therapy of osteosarcomas. The pathway that has described in the literature states that IDO activity is elevated by IFN-gamma. This mechanism is important because the increased IDO activation induces an(More)
Gene therapy is a promising new method to treat tumors locally. Immuno-therapy for treatment of osteosarcomas is one option for hopefully improving the survival rate of patients with this tumor. Transduction of OS cells with the pCMV-IL-12neo plasmid induced a significant increase in IFN-gamma expression by mononuclear cells. This is known to induce(More)
Cytokines play important roles in the expression of adhesion molecules and the function of anti-tumor effector cells in the immune system. In this study, the influence of interleukin-12 (IL-12) and IL-18 on the expression of ICAM-1 and natural killer (NK)-cell mediated lysis in a human osteosarcoma cell line (HOS) was evaluated. ICAM-I expression of HOS(More)
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