Martina Gatzka

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Naive T cells encountering their cognate antigen become activated and acquire the ability to proliferate in response to cytokines. Stat5 is an essential component in this response. We demonstrate that Stat5 cannot access DNA in naive T cells and acquires this ability only after T-cell receptor (TCR) engagement. The transition is not associated with changes(More)
Defective development and function of CD4(+)CD25(high+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) contribute to the pathogenesis of psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases. Little is known about the influence of adhesions molecules on the differentiation of Foxp3(+) Tregs into proinflammatory Th17 cells occurring in lesional skin and blood of psoriasis patients.(More)
Monoubiquitination of core histone 2A (H2A-K119u) has a critical role in gene regulation in hematopoietic differentiation and other developmental processes. To explore the interplay of histone H2A deubiquitinase Myb-like SWIRM and MPN domain containing1 (2A-DUB/Mysm1) with the p53 axis in the sequential differentiation of mature lymphocytes from(More)
Aging is associated with a rising incidence of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), an aggressive skin cancer with the potential for local invasion and metastasis. Acquisition of a senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) in dermal fibroblasts has been postulated to promote skin cancer progression in elderly individuals. The underlying(More)
Activation of the transcription factors STAT5A and STAT5B by JAK1 and JAK3 tyrosine kinases is a key event in downstream signaling of gammac (common gamma chain)-family cytokine receptors in lymphoid cells. STAT5A/B-deficiency in mice causes, among other consequences, a reduced size and altered composition of the peripheral T-cell pool with predominance of(More)
IL-17 is a critical factor in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and other inflammatory diseases. The impact of γδ T cells, accounting for an important source of IL-17 in acute murine IL-23- and imiquimod-induced skin inflammation, in human psoriasis is still unclear. Using the polygenic CD18(hypo) PL/J psoriasis mouse model spontaneously developing chronic(More)
According to the concept of T-cell plasticity, peripheral T cells - once differentiated into a specific T cell subset - may, in response to new environmental cues or signaling alterations, adopt the phenotype of a different helper cell subset with regard to cytokine production and regulatory functions. In a variety of T cell-mediated inflammatory disorders,(More)
R- cells are 3T3 cells derived from mouse embryos with a targeted disruption of the type 1 insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF-IR) genes. R- cells are refractory to transformation by a variety of viral and cellular oncogenes, including an activated Ras. R- cells stably transfected with an activated Ha-Ras (R-Ras cells) fail to form colonies in soft(More)
BACKGROUND Around 90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and are therefore eminently preventable. Tanning behavior is mostly initiated in early adolescence, often with the belief that it increases attractiveness; the problems related to malignant melanoma and other skin cancers are too far in the future to fathom. Given the(More)