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The identification of genes inducing resistance to anticancer chemotherapeutic agents and their introduction into hematopoietic cells represents a promising approach to overcome bone marrow toxicity, the limiting factor for most high-dose chemotherapy regimens. Because resistance to cyclophosphamide has been correlated with increased levels of expression of(More)
Cytokine-mediated communication between the immune system and the nervous system has been shown in the past few years. The precise cellular sources of these molecules in the brain is still a controversial issue. We have thus immortalized primary cell cultures from mouse embryonic brains to analyze cloned cells involved in cytokine production. The cell(More)
Mobilized blood CD34+ cells from cancer patients were ex vivo infected by a recombinant adenovirus vector carrying an alkaline phosphatase gene, whose expression is evaluable by flow cytometry. A mean of 40% CD34+ cells were infected by the vector, with high levels of expression of the transgene. Among attempts to improve infection efficiency by(More)
We have recently immortalized murine brain macrophages (microglial cells) with a complex of retroviruses (3RV) transducing separately the myc and mil oncogenes. Surprisingly, the immortalized cells harboured an exogenous v-myc oncogene, but no v-mil sequences. The transformed macrophage cell lines grew in vitro without the addition of exogenous growth(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The increased susceptibility to gene transfer by amphotropic retroviral vectors of mobilized peripheral blood (PB) CD34+ cells compared to their bone marrow (BM) counterparts may depend, among other factors, on the level of expression of the amphotropic receptor on the progenitor cell. Using a previously described flow cytometry(More)
Human monoclonal antibodies (hu-mAbs) of predetermined specificity and isotype are potentially important for a variety of applications, including therapy and diagnosis. Their efficient generation, however, is still hampered by technical difficulties. Even the most established approaches to the generation of hu-mAbs, i.e., B cell immortalization by(More)
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