Martin Hagenaars

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Cytotoxicity and production of cytokines are two important functions of NK cells. These two different NK functions were studied in a syngeneic rat model in relation to MHC class I expression. We focussed on the mechanism by which NK cells modulate MHC class I expression on target cells and how this interferes with NK cell-mediated lysis. Using transfection(More)
We have recently shown that adoptively transferred, IL-2-activated natural killer (A-NK) cells are able to eliminate well-established B16-F10.P1 melanoma lung metastases. However, some B16-F10.P1 lung metastases were resistant to infiltration by the A-NK cells and also resistant to the A-NK cell treatment. The infiltration-resistant (I-R) B16-F10.P1(More)
The colon adenocarcinoma cell line CC531 was adopted as a model for immunotherapeutical treatment of experimental colorectal metastases in a syngeneic rat model. We studied the presence and localization of T and natural killer cells, vessels and matrix proteins in in vivo growing CC531 tumours by immunohistochemistry. CC531 tumours were induced either in(More)
A syngeneic rat liver metastasis model, the CC531 colon carcinoma cell line in Wag rats, was used to study the homing properties and anti-tumor effects of adoptively transferred, interleukin-2 (IL-2)-activated, cultured natural killer (A-NK) cells. To identify the route of administration that gives the highest tumor infiltration, 1.5 x 10(8) A-NK cells were(More)
Interleukin-2-activated, cultured NK cells (A-NK) cells were adoptively transferred into a syngeneic rat liver-tumor model. The kinetics of tumor infiltration by NK cells, originating either from adoptively transferred or from endogenous sources, the localization of these cells in the tumor, and their interactions with extracellular-matrix proteins were(More)
In this paper we describe 4 new monoclonal antibodies to be applied in rat models for cancer. The monoclonal antibodies were obtained by immunizing Balb/c mice with CC531 rat colon adenocarcinoma cells. Hybridomas were produced and 4 were selected for their reactivity with CC531 in vitro (MG1, 2, 3 and 4). All 4 antibodies recognized other rat tumour cell(More)
In this article we report about the role that tumor structure and extracellular matrix (ECM) may play in immunotherapy and in gene therapy using adenoviruses. We performed studies in a rat model for colorectal cancer, CC531, and in specimens of human colorectal cancer. The tumors were composed of two compartments, tumor cell nests surrounded by stromal(More)
Bispecific monoclonal antibodies (BiMAb) have been shown to be able to contribute to an immunological approach in cancer therapy. In this review, essential aspects regarding the production of BiMAb and modes to apply them in immunotherapy for cancer are discussed. The pros and cons of BiMAb are considered, and the development from application in animal(More)
This article reviews our immunotherapy research with natural killer (NK) cells in a syngeneic rat colorectal cancer liver and lung metastasis model. Using adoptive transfer of interleukin (IL)-2-activated NK cells, NK cells were shown to selectively infiltrate the tumors. More NK cells were found in tumors when the NK cells were directly injected into(More)
MAb-mediated immunotherapy offers a potential tool for destroying metastasizing colorectal tumor cells. Promising results have been obtained by using xenograft models. However, overexpression of membrane-bound complement regulatory proteins (mCRP) impedes complement-mediated destruction of tumor cells in vitro. mCRP operate in a species selective manner.(More)