Joost L. M. Vissers

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BACKGROUND Biomarker levels in blood after traumatic brain injury (TBI) may offer diagnostic and prognostic tools in addition to clinical indices. This study aims to validate glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and S100B concentrations in blood as outcome predictors of TBI using cutoff levels of 1.5 μg/L for GFAP and 1.13 μg/L for S100B from a previous(More)
Dendritic cells (DC) are unique in their ability to present antigen to naive T cells, and therefore play a central role in the initiation of immune responses. Characterization of DC-specific genes may help to unravel the mechanism underlying their potent antigen presenting capacity. Here we describe the identification of a novel transcript, isolated by(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide. Assessing the risk for cardiovascular disease is an important aspect in clinical decision making and setting a therapeutic strategy, and the use of serological biomarkers may improve this. Despite an overwhelming number of studies and meta-analyses on biomarkers and(More)
BACKGROUND Human studies have demonstrated that allergen immunotherapy induces memory suppressive responses and IL-10 production by allergen-specific T cells. Previously, we established a mouse model in which allergen immunotherapy was effective in the suppression of allergen-induced asthma manifestations. OBJECTIVE In this study, we examined whether(More)
Evidence has accumulated that the immune system can play a significant role in the defense against tumors in humans. Especially melanoma and renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are considered immunogenic tumors. In contrast to melanoma, hardly any RCC-associated antigens have been identified as targets for RCC-reactive T cells. Here, we report the identification of(More)
Tyrosinase-related protein (TRP) 2 belongs to the melanocyte differentiation antigens and has been implicated as a target for immunotherapy of human as well as murine melanoma. In the current report, we explored the efficacy of nonmutated epitopes with differential binding affinity for MHC class I, derived from mouse TRP2 to induce CTL-mediated,(More)
Dendritic cells (DC) attract both T and B lymphocytes to induce an efficient antigen-specific immune response. Recently, it was shown that naïve T cells are attracted to DC by dendritic cell chemokine 1 (DC-CK1, CCL18). The potent B lymphocyte chemoattractant BLC (CXCL13) was previously shown to be essential for homing of lymphocytes into secondary lymphoid(More)
We previously identified an HLA-A2.1-restricted epitope within the RCC-associated antigen G250 that is recognized by CTLs. Using DCs of healthy individuals, which were loaded with overlapping 20 mer G250-derived peptides, we here report the induction of CD4(+) T cells that recognize the G250 peptide of amino acids 249-268. Moreover, naturally processed G250(More)
Upon maturation, dendritic cells (DCs) have to adjust their chemokine expression to sequentially attract different leukocyte subsets. We used real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis to study in detail the expression of 12 chemokines involved in the recruitment of leukocytes into and inside secondary lymphoid organs, by DCs in distinct(More)
Increasing evidence suggests that macrophages (Mphi) play a crucial downregulatory role in the initiation and progression of allergic asthma. Recently, the current authors demonstrated that ovalbumin (OVA)-loaded Mphi (OVA-Mphi) suppress subsequent OVA-induced airway manifestations of asthma and that this effect could be potentiated upon selective(More)