Laura Strauss

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OBJECTIVE Immune escape is a characteristic feature of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Regulatory T cells (Treg) might contribute to HNSCC progression by suppressing antitumor immunity, and their attributes in patients are of special interest. METHODS Multicolor flow cytometry was used to study the frequency and phenotype of Treg in(More)
PURPOSE Regulatory T cells play a major role in tumor escape from immunosurveillance. T regulatory cells type 1 (Tr1), a subset of regulatory T cells present in the tumor and peripheral circulation of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), mediate immune suppression and might contribute to tumor progression. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND The immunosuppressive drug rapamycin (RAPA) promotes the expansion of CD4(+) CD25(high)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells via mechanisms that remain unknown. Here, we studied expansion, IL-2R-gamma chain signaling, survival pathways and resistance to apoptosis in human Treg responding to RAPA. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS CD4(+)CD25(+) and(More)
We have reported earlier that T cells found in the tumor microenvironment of head and neck cancer showed evidence of apoptosis as well as decreased expression of signaling molecules. In this prospective study, spontaneous apoptosis in tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and in paired circulating peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) was evaluated in 28(More)
Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) overexpression and production of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) by head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) induce type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells and contribute to carcinogenesis by creating a tolerogenic milieu. To test this hypothesis, CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells obtained from the peripheral blood of 10 normal donors were cocultured(More)
PURPOSE Regulatory T cells (Treg) accumulate in tumor tissues and the peripheral blood of cancer patients and may persist after therapies. This cross-sectional study examines effects of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) on Treg numbers and function in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The frequency and absolute(More)
A newborn infant with clinical and pathological findings typical trisomy 13 and 22 syndromes had an extra chromosome which was a derivative chromosome from maternal balanced translocation affecting Nos. 13 and 22; 47,XY,+der(22),t(13:22)(q22:q12)Mat. The presence of extra specific euchromatic regions of No. 13(13q22 and/or 13q34) and No. 22 (22q11) seem to(More)
Two new methods for synthesizing nanostructured HfO2 have been developed. The first method entails exposing HfTe2 powders to air. This simple process resulted in the formation of nanometer scale crystallites of HfO2. The second method involved a two-step heating process by which macroscopic, freestanding nanosheets of HfO2 were formed as a byproduct during(More)
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