Martina Berg

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CD28 and CTLA-4 are the critical costimulatory receptors that predominantly determine the outcome of T cell stimulation, with CD28 promoting positive costimulation and CTLA-4 inducing inhibitory signals. Blockage of the B7-CD28/CTLA-4 pathway leads to transplantation tolerance. However, the exact mechanism of the inhibitory function of CTLA-4 remains(More)
Monomeric and dimeric soluble major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules down-regulate activated T cells in an antigen-specific manner in vitro. This property could be exploited to modulate alloresponses in vivo but has remained difficult to demonstrate. Here, intraperitoneal infusion of a Lewis-derived rat MHC class I molecule, RT1.A(l)-Fc, in Dark(More)
MHC peptides derived from tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) can serve as the basis for the development of immunotherapeutics to treat human malignancies. Previously, we identified novel HLA-A*0201 (HLA-A2)-restricted peptides recovered from soluble HLA molecules secreted by human tumor cell lines, transfected with truncated genes of HLA-A2 and HLA-B7. Here,(More)
A series of growth hormone secretagogues (GHSs) based on 2,3-dihydroisothiazole has been synthesized in the search for a potential treatment of growth hormone deficiency or frailty in the elderly. This paper describes the evaluation of the SAR of the benzyl-D-Ser-aminoisobutyric acid dipeptide fragment. Introduction of substituents in the peptide backbone(More)
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