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BACKGROUND Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) can be a major complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation even when the donor and recipient are siblings and share identical major histocompatibility antigens. The explanation may be a mismatch of minor histocompatibility antigens. We previously characterized five minor histocompatibility antigens,(More)
CML is characterized by the chromosomal translocation t(9;22) (q34;q11) resulting in the chimeric bcr-abl oncogene that encodes P210 fusion proteins with novel amino acid sequences in the breakpoint region. If these peptides derived from P210 are presented by HLA molecules on the cell membrane of leukemic cells an immunological response may occur. Recent(More)
We analyzed the HLA-A, -B, -C, -DR and -DQ phenotypes of 2,440 healthy, unrelated, Dutch Caucasoid blood donors and of 20,814 Dutch blood donors who were registered as volunteer bone marrow or platelet donors. Phenotype and gene frequencies, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium fit and homozygosity were calculated as well as 2- and 3-locus haplotype frequencies,(More)
In this study we analyzed the usage frequencies of the TCR V-gene segments by alpha beta+ T cells present in synovial fluid of 17 patients with chronic arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. The results of this study, obtained from semiquantitative PCR analyses, showed that in all patients most of the TCR V alpha- and V beta-gene segments could be(More)
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is characterized by the chromosomal translocation t(9;22) resulting in the chimeric bcr-abl oncogene that encodes the P210 fusion protein, which contains a unique amino acid sequence. If peptides derived from the leukemia-specific part of P210 are expressed in HLA molecules on the cell membrane of leukemic cells, an(More)
In bone marrow transplantation, the advantages of family donors over unrelated donors are threefold. (1) Family donors are better matched because they share complete haplotypes. (2) The time between the start of the search and the actual transplantation can be much shorter than for unrelated donors. (3) Related bone marrow transplantation is cheaper. We(More)
Vaccination with peptides recognized by antigen-specific CTLs can prevent lethal virus infections and tumor growth. In order to avoid the synthesis and testing of the numerous overlapping peptide of long AA sequences of proteins of interest, we developed a computer program which utilizes the rules, "motifs" which govern how peptides bind to HLA class I(More)
The association between cervical neoplasia and certain HLA phenotypes observed in different studies has not been consistent. By serological typing, the association between HLA antigens, cervical carcinoma and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) was studied in a group of 172 and 116 patients, respectively. We demonstrated an increased frequency of B63(More)