Stina Linnea Wickström

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Natural killer (NK) cells are most efficient if their targets do not express self MHC class I, because NK cells carry inhibitory receptors that interfere with activating their cytotoxic pathway. Clinicians have taken advantage of this by adoptively transferring haploidentical NK cells into patients to mediate an effective graft-versus-leukemia response.(More)
Missing-self-reactivity can be mimicked by blocking self-specific inhibitory receptors on NK cells, leading to increased rejection of syngeneic tumor cells. Using a mouse model, we investigated whether Ab-mediated blocking of inhibitory receptors, to a degree where NK cells rejected syngeneic tumor cells, would still allow self-tolerance toward normal(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells deliver cytotoxic granules and immunomodulatory cytokines in response to transformed and virally infected cells. NK cell functions are under the control of a large number of germline-encoded receptors that recognize various ligands on target cells, but NK cells also respond to cytokines in the surrounding environment. The(More)
In studies of a CD1d1-deficient mouse strain, we unexpectedly observed a severely impaired capacity for NK cell-mediated rejection of MHC class I-deficient (spleen or tumor) cells. Studies of another CD1-defective strain, as well as intercrosses with C57BL/6 mice, indicated that the impaired missing self rejection (IMSR) NK cell defect was a recessive(More)
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