Patrick P. C. Boor

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BACKGROUND The association between heredity, gastrointestinal polyposis, and mucocutaneous pigmentation in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) was first recognised in 1921 by Peutz in a Dutch family. This original family has now been followed-up for more than 78 years. We did mutation analysis in this family to test whether the recently identified LKB1 gene is(More)
The aim of this pilot study was to investigate whether acute rejection after liver transplantation is associated with known single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the CD86- and CTLA-4 genes of liver-transplant donors and recipients. Single nucleotide polymorphisms were determined in 135 liver transplant recipients and in 73 donors. Acute rejection was(More)
Allo-reactive memory T cells are a major barrier for induction of immunological tolerance to allografts in humans. Here, we report that stimulation of unfractionated human T cells with TLR-stimulated allogeneic plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) induces CD8(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) that inhibit T-cell allo-responses, including those of memory T cells.(More)
Organ transplant recipients are highly susceptible to viral infections early after transplantation. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) play a major role in antiviral immunity. Therefore, we determined the numbers of circulating PDC after liver transplantation (LTX) and established the effects of immunosuppressive drugs on PDC survival and function. PDC were(More)
The Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a rare hereditary disorder in which gastrointestinal hamartomatous polyposis, mucocutaneous pigmentation, and a predisposition for developing cancer are transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion. The recently identified LKB1/STK11 gene located at chromosome 19p13.3 is mutated in a number of PJS pedigrees. We performed(More)
It was investigated whether positive immunomagnetic selection with two novel DC-specific mAb allowed purification of functional myeloid dendritic cells (MDC) and plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) from the human lymph nodes (LN). The results were compared with enrichment of DC by low-density Nycodenz gradient centrifugation followed by immunomagnetic(More)
BACKGROUND Analysis of the T-cell receptor (TCR)-Vbeta repertoire has been used for studying selective T-cell responses in autoimmune disease, alloreactivity in transplantation, and protective immunity against microbial and tumor antigens. For the interpretation of these studies, we need information about the Vbeta repertoire usage in healthy individuals.(More)
OBJECTIVES The single nucleotide variations R702W, G908R and L1007fs in the CARD15 gene have been found to be independently associated with Crohn's disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of these gene variations in Dutch multiple inflammatory bowel disease-affected families, in sporadic inflammatory bowel disease patients and in(More)
Interferon (IFN)-stimulated genes (ISGs) are antiviral effectors that are induced by IFNs through the formation of a tripartite transcription factor ISGF3, which is composed of IRF9 and phosphorylated forms of STAT1 and STAT2. However, we found that IFN-independent ISG expression was detectable in immortalized cell lines, primary intestinal and liver(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection compromises long-term outcomes of liver transplantation. Although glucocorticosteroid-based immunosuppression is commonly used, discussion is ongoing on the effect of prednisolone (Pred) on HCV recurrence and response to antiviral therapy post transplantation. Recently, new drugs (direct-acting(More)