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The human airway epithelium serves as structural and functional barrier against inhaled particulate antigen. Previously, we demonstrated in an in vitro epithelial barrier model that monocyte derived dendritic cells (MDDC) and monocyte derived macrophages (MDM) take up particulate antigen by building a trans-epithelial interacting network. Although the(More)
Alteration of the surface glycosylation pattern on malignant cells potentially affects tumor immunity by directly influencing interactions with glycan-binding proteins (lectins) on the surface of immunomodulatory cells. The sialic acid-binding Ig-like lectins Siglec-7 and -9 are MHC class I-independent inhibitory receptors on human NK cells that recognize(More)
FcαRI (CD89), the human Fc receptor for IgA, is highly expressed on neutrophil granulocytes. In this study, we show that FcαRI induces different forms of neutrophil death, depending on the inflammatory microenvironment. The susceptibility of inflammatory neutrophils from sepsis or rheumatoid arthritis toward death induced by specific mAb, or soluble IgA at(More)
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a complex disease. The pathogenic and clinical heterogeneity of ITP is reflected by reports on variability in patient history and treatment response, in concert with recent evidence from mechanistic studies. Programmed cell death (PCD) pathways are thought to play a peculiar role in the megakaryocyte lineage in terms of(More)
Altered surface glycosylation on malignant cells may affect tumor immunity by direct interaction with glycan-binding proteins (lectins) on immune cells. Siglec-7 and-9 are MHC class I-independent inhibitory receptors on human NK cells that recognize sialic acid-containing carbohydrates (sialoglycans). We have found that Siglec-7 and-9 ligands are(More)
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