Kirsten B. J. Scholten

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This study further investigates the possible connection between postconcussive cognitive impairment and damage to forebrain cholinergic innervation. Moderate parasagittal fluid percussion injury was delivered to adult male rats. Water maze performance and synaptosomal choline uptake was measured at various times following injury. Water maze learning was(More)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 infection is strongly associated with the development of cervical carcinoma (CxCa) in women. The HPV16-derived oncoproteins E6 and E7, responsible for both onset and maintenance of malignant transformation, are expressed constitutively in CxCa cells and represent tumor-associated Ags. As a result, E6 and E7 constitute(More)
Traumatic brain injury is well known to cause deficits in learning and memory, which typically improve with time. Animal studies with fluid percussion or controlled cortical impact injury have identified transient disturbances in forebrain cholinergic innervation which may contribute to such cognitive problems. This study examines the extent to which water(More)
Clinically, elderly patients have a higher cognitive morbidity from head trauma than young patients. We have modeled injury in aged rats in an effort to elucidate the pathophysiology of this enhanced sensitivity and, in particular, to determine if there are susceptibility differences in forebrain cholinergic innervation in young versus aged rats. Aged(More)
New treatment modalities are needed for the treatment of cancers of the head and neck region (HNSCC). Survivin is important for the survival and proliferation of tumor cells and may therefore provide a target for immunotherapy. Here we focused on the ex vivo presence and in vitro induction of survivin specific T cells. Tetramer staining and ELIspot assays(More)
BACKGROUND Infection with high risk Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is associated with cancer of the cervix, vagina, penis, vulva, anus and some cases of head and neck carcinomas. The HPV derived oncoproteins E6 and E7 are constitutively expressed in tumor cells and therefore potential targets for T cell mediated adoptive immunotherapy. Effective immunotherapy(More)
BACKGROUND T cell receptor gene transfer is a promising strategy to treat patients suffering from HPV induced malignancies. Therefore we isolated the TCRalphabeta open reading frames of an HPV16E6 specific CTL clone and generated TCR transgenic T cells. In general low level expression of the transgenic TCR in recipient human T cells is observed as well as(More)
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