Silke Raffegerst

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Proteolytic activity of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma translocation protein-1 (MALT1) paracaspase is required for survival of the activated B cell subtype of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (ABC-DLBCL). We have identified distinct derivatives of medicinal active phenothiazines, namely mepazine, thioridazine, and promazine, as small molecule(More)
In patients with myeloid malignancies, cell-mediated immunity is often suppressed, being most profound in those with advanced disease. Such immune dysfunction, as demonstrated in many patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), may, at least in part, be due to altered expression of the CD3-zeta chain, which is an(More)
Based upon the success of using polyclonal, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific CTL lines for the prophylaxis and treatment of patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLPD), there is now considerable incentive to develop CTL directed against the sub-dominant EBV antigens EBNA1, LMP1 and LMP2, which are expressed by the tumor cells of(More)
Although interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) is able to induce haematological remission in 60-80% of patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in early chronic phase, major cytogenetic remissions are only achievable in 30-40%. Recent clinical data suggest that the addition of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) to IFN-alpha therapy can(More)
The CD6 scavenger receptor is known to be expressed on virtually all T cells and is supposed to be involved in costimulation, synapse formation, thymic selection and leukocyte migration. Here, we demonstrate that CD6 is differentially expressed by a subpopulation of peripheral CD56(dim) natural killer (NK) cells and absent on CD56(bright) NK cells.(More)
A chimeric HLA-DR4-H2-E (DR4) homozygous transgenic mouse line spontaneously develops diverse hematological malignancies with high frequency (70%). The majority of malignancies were distributed equally between T and B cell neoplasms and included lymphoblastic T cell lymphoma (LTCL), lymphoblastic B cell lymphoma (LBCL), diffuse large B cell lymphoma(More)
Human adenovirus (AdV) infection and EBV-lymphoproliferative disease (LPD) are serious complications following allogeneic stem cell transplantation. In the healthy individual these viruses cause minor, self-limiting diseases but in the immunocompromised patient they are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. The limitations of anti-viral drugs(More)
MOTIVATION Adoptive T cell therapies based on introduction of new T cell receptors (TCRs) into patient recipient T cells is a promising new treatment for various kinds of cancers. A major challenge, however, is the choice of target antigens. If an engineered TCR can cross-react with self-antigens in healthy tissue, the side-effects can be devastating. We(More)
Recent reports have demonstrated that EBV can be used as a target of specific CTL-based treatments in severe chronic EBV, immunoblastic B cell lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease (HD). Based upon the promising results form these in vivo studies, it has been suggested that an antigen-specific CTL-based immunotherapy may be of benefit in treating EBV-associated(More)
MOTIVATION Cross-reactivity (CR) or invocation of autoimmune side effects in various tissues has important safety implications in adoptive immunotherapy directed against selected antigens. The ability to predict CR (on-target and off-target toxicities) may help in the early selection of safer therapeutically relevant target antigens. RESULTS We developed(More)