Ursula Wollscheid

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Because of its amplification and/or overexpression in many human tumors, the HER-2/neu proto-oncogene represents an attractive target for T-cell-mediated vaccination strategies. However, overexpression of oncogenes is often associated with defective expression of components of the MHC class I antigen-processing machinery (APM), thereby resulting in an(More)
The murine B16 melanoma system represents an important in vivo model for the evaluation of T cell-based immunization and vaccination strategies, although deficient MHC class I surface expression has been identified in these cells. We postulate here that the MHC class I-deficient phenotype of B16 melanoma cells is attributable to down-regulation or the loss(More)
In murine tumor cell lines, downregulation of MHC class I surface expression has been frequently detected, but the underlying molecular mechanisms of such deficiencies have not been defined. In this study, murine tumor cell lines of different histology derived from spontaneous or from chemical-induced tumors were analyzed for the expression of multiple(More)
Overexpression of the receptor tyrosine kinase HER-2/neu is associated with poor prognosis in patients with breast and ovarian cancer. Recent excitement has surrounded the therapeutic effects of HER-2-blocking therapy strategies and has rekindled interest on the molecular mechanisms of HER-2/neu in tumor biology. To study the role of HER-2/neu(More)
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) recognize peptide fragments derived from endogenous proteins, processed internally, and presented at the cell surface by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules. The use of specific CTL for cancer therapy is limited because of their dependence on effective processing and presentation of appropriate antigenic(More)
Overexpression of the receptor tyrosine kinase HER-2/neu is associated with poor prognosis in patients with breast and ovarian cancer. Recent excitement has surrounded the therapeutic effects of HER-2-blocking therapy strategies and has rekindled interest on the molecular mechanisms of HER-2/neu in tumor biology. To study the role of HER-2/neu(More)
A number of tumours and oncogene transformed cells displayed reduced MHC class I surface expression which seemed to enable their escape from immune surveillance. To test whether oncogenic activation is directly involved in suppressing MHC class I expression, a model of inducible oncogene expression was chosen. Mouse fibroblasts transfected with different(More)
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.) is one of the world's oldest medicinal plants with multiple health benefits. We have previously shown that artichoke leaf extracts and artichoke flavonoids upregulate the gene expression of endothelial-type nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in human endothelial cells. Whereas NO produced by the eNOS is a vasoprotective molecule, NO(More)
The murine B16 melanoma system represents an important in vivo model for the evaluation of T cell-based immunization and vaccination strategies, although deficient MHC class I surface expression has been identified in these cells. We postulate here that the MHC class I-deficient phenotype of B16 melanoma cells is attributable to down-regulation or the loss(More)
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