Martin Distler

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One essential immunoregulatory function of heat shock protein (HSP) is activation of the innate immune system. We investigated the activation of human monocytes and monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DC) by recombinant human HSP60, human inducible HSP72, and preparations of human gp96 and HSP70 under stringent conditions, in the absence of serum and with(More)
Using a combination of PCR based cloning and Northern blot analysis we have investigated the tissue expression of cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) cation channels in a variety of non-excitable tissues and cells. Partial sequences of all three known CNG channels and of an auxiliary subunit of the rod photoreceptor channel were determined. The expression of CNG(More)
Cyclic nucleotide-gated cation channels are essential in visual and olfactory signal transduction. An additional member of the cGMP-gated channel family, termed CNG-3, has been cloned from bovine kidney. Its deduced amino acid sequence is 60% and 62% identical with the CNG-channel proteins from bovine rod outer segment and bovine olfactory epithelium,(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) have two unique roles as constituents of tumor vaccines: (i) to shuttle associated tumor antigens into professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and (ii) to activate professional APCs. Here we investigated the shuttle function of the HSP gp96 (glycoprotein 96) for a human melanoma peptide antigen MART-1 that was noncovalently(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) have two unique roles as constituents of tumor vaccines: (i) to shuttle associated tumor antigens into professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and (ii) to activate professional APCs. Here we investigated the shuttle function of the HSP gp96 (glycoprotein 96) for a human melanoma peptide antigen MART-1 that was noncovalently(More)
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