Kirsten Anne Thus

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Human leukocyte Antigen (HLA) mismatching leads to severe complications after solid-organ transplantation and hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. The alloreactive responses underlying the posttransplantation complications include both direct recognition of allogeneic HLA by HLA-specific alloantibodies and T cells and indirect T-cell recognition.(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with HLA-DPB1-mismatched donors leads to an increased risk of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Studies have indicated a prognostic value for classifying HLA-DPB1 mismatches based on T cell-epitope (TCE) groups. The aim of this study was to determine the contribution of indirect recognition of HLA-DP-derived(More)
HLA-C mismatches are clearly associated to alloreactivity after hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation; in a number of large cohorts, HLA-C mismatches are correlated to an increased risk of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) or even impaired survival. While for HLA-A and -B, both antigenic as well as allelic mismatches are associated with an increased(More)
Pregnancy can prime maternal immune responses against inherited paternal HLA of the fetus, leading to the production of child-specific HLA antibodies. We previously demonstrated that donor-specific HLA antibody formation after kidney transplantation is associated with donor-derived HLA epitopes presented by recipient HLA class II (predicted indirectly(More)
Unrelated cord blood transplantation (UCBT) provides a curative therapy for patients with hematological malignancies. The effect of HLA mismatches in UCBT is currently the subject of debate. HLA-mismatched UCBT may lead to improved leukemia control but also to graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), resulting in nonrelapse mortality (NRM). The aim of this study(More)
We performed a prospective phase II study to evaluate clinical safety and outcome in 48 patients with steroid-refractory grade II–IV acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) treated with mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Clinical outcomes were correlated to comprehensive analyses of soluble and cellular biomarkers. Complete resolution (CR) of aGVHD at day 28(More)
Risk factors for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HCST) include: HLA mismatches, sex-mismatch, and stem-cell source. We retrospectively analyzed if HLA- and sex-mismatching quantitatively affects the composition of GVHD-induced T-cell infiltrates. We quantified absolute numbers of CD4+ and CD8+ T(More)
Predicted indirectly recognizable HLA epitopes (PIRCHE) computationally predict donor T-cell recognition of mismatched-HLA derived peptides following allogeneic haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), as is evidenced by the correlation between presence of HLA-DPB1-derived PIRCHE and the occurrence of graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD). Complete(More)
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