Markus Kapp

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Extramedullary (e) relapse in multiple myeloma (MM) has an adverse prognosis, but knowledge concerning biological features and preferred treatment is scarce. We screened the myeloma registry of our institution for eMM relapses and identified 24 cases among 357 patients (pts). Only 8% of eMM relapses occurred after initial therapy, but 54% occurred after(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection continues to be one of the most important and life threatening complications after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). The reconstitution of CMV-specific T cell responses after SCT has been demonstrated to be protective against the development of CMV disease. To improve T cell immunity against CMV in bone marrow(More)
Monocytes play a major role in the cellular defence against Aspergillus fumigatus in immunocompromised patients. To obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in this interaction, phagocytosis and gene expression profiling of human monocytes was carried out after incubation with A. fumigatus resting, swollen and germinating conidia and hyphae(More)
The occurrence of infections due to previously rare opportunistic pathogens is increasing despite the use of novel treatment strategies for immunocompromised patients. Here, we report the case of a patient presenting with fever, muscle pain, and bilateral endophthalmitis after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Fusarium solani was isolated(More)
Vaccination with peptide-loaded dendritic cells (DCs) has been shown to be potent immunostimulatory therapy for the management of serious infections. After allogeneic stem cell transplant (SCT), a prolonged and severe immune deficiency often leads to infectious complications. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection is one such life-threatening complication(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection or reactivation is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals such as transplant recipients. Primary HCMV infection or reactivation of HCMV from latency is mostly asymptomatic in immunocompetent individuals and is controlled by the host's cell-mediated immune response. Healthy HCMV(More)
The GVL effect following allo-SCT is one of the most prominent examples showing the ability of the immune system to eliminate malignant hematological diseases. Tumor-associated Ags (TAA), for instance WT1 and proteinase-3, have been proposed as targets for T cells to establish a GVL effect. Here, we examined an additional TAA (MUC1) as a possible T-cell(More)
Little is known about the psychological burden patients are left with after successful allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT). With the main focus on physical condition and common transplant complications, psychological symptoms often remain neglected in daily practice. To assess the prevalence of distress in patients who have undergone allogeneic HSCT, we(More)
Chronic GVHD (cGVHD) remains the most important cause of late non-relapse mortality post allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT). Although first-line treatment of cGVHD with steroids is well established, evidence for second-line treatment remains limited. Here, we report a dual center retrospective analysis of the off-label salvage treatment of(More)