Kathrin Kalies

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Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) is a chronic autoimmune blistering skin disease characterized by autoantibodies against type VII collagen (COL7). Immunization of SJL/J mice with recombinant murine COL7 results in break of tolerance and skin blisters. Strikingly, despite circulating autoantibodies, the same genetic background and identical(More)
The differentiation of CD4(+) T cells is regulated by cytokines locally within the compartments of secondary lymphoid organs during adaptive immune responses. Quantitative data about the expression of cytokine mRNAs within the T and B cell zones of lymphoid organs are lacking. In this study, we assessed the expression of multiple cytokine genes within the(More)
Lymphotoxin β-receptor (LTβR) and TNF receptor-1 (TNFR1) are important for the development of secondary lymphoid organs during embryonic life. The significance of LTβR and TNFR1 for the formation of lymphoid tissue during adult life is not well understood. Immunohistochemistry, morphometry, flow cytometry, and laser microdissection were used to compare(More)
Dendritic cells (DC) are important in differential T-cell priming. Little is known about the local priming by DC in the microenvironment of different lymph nodes and about the fate of the imprinted T cells. Therefore, freshly isolated rat DC from mesenteric lymph nodes (mLN) and axillary lymph nodes (axLN) were phenotyped and cultured with blood T cells in(More)
The cytokine milieu of the T cell zones in lymphoid organs is involved in the activation of naive T cells. Quantitative data regarding the local expression of cytokines are lacking. Therefore, the expression of Th1 (IL-2, IL-12p40, IFN-gamma), Th2 (IL-4, IL-10), as well as TGFbeta1 and IL-15 mRNA was studied after laser microdissection in the steady state(More)
Contact between T cells and dendritic cells (DCs) is required for their subsequent interaction leading to the induction of adaptive immune responses. Quantitative data regarding the contact frequencies of T cell subsets in different lymphoid organs and species are lacking. Therefore, naive, effector, and memory CD4 T cells were injected into rats in absence(More)
OBJECTIVE Autoantibody immune complexes and cellular infiltrates drive nephritis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and in murine lupus. The chemokine receptor CXCR3 is assumed to promote cellular infiltration of inflamed tissues. Moreover, CXCR3 deficiency ameliorates lupus nephritis in the MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr) (MRL/lpr) mouse model of SLE.(More)
The protozoan parasite Leishmania spp. causes clinical pictures ranging in severity from spontaneously healing skin ulcers to systemic disease. The immune response associated with healing involves the differentiation of IFNγ-producing Th1 cells, whereas the non-healing phenotype is associated with IL4-producing Th2 cells. The widespread assumption has been(More)
L-Selectin (CD62L) mediates T-cell entry into lymph nodes. Whether the microenvironment modulates L-selectin expression of T cells during diapedesis and transit is unknown. Therefore, L-selectin expression was determined quantitatively on circulating T cells in blood, lymph nodes and thoracic duct by confocal laser scanning microscopy. We show that in(More)
In autoimmune bullous dermatoses (AIBD), autoantibodies induce blisters on skin or mucous membranes, or both. Mechanisms of continued autoantibody production and blistering have been well characterized using AIBD animal models. Mechanisms leading to the initial autoantibody production, however, have not been investigated in detail. Epidermolysis bullosa(More)