Wolfgang Walcher

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Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has been implicated in regulation of feto-maternal tolerance and protection against intracellular and extracellular pathogens. We have studied the expression of IDO in the human female reproductive tract and the placenta by immunohistochemistry. Endometrial glandular and surface epithelial cells showed increasing IDO(More)
PROBLEM Fas and Fas-ligand (FasL) are thought to provide a strategy for reducing graft rejection in immunologically 'privileged' tissues by controlling injurious lymphocyte reactions. As the uteroplacental unit is often defined as an immune-privileged site, we investigated the expression of Fas and FasL in this tissue in the first trimester of pregnancy. (More)
The membrane protein components of photosystem I (PSI) and II (PSII) from different species were prefractionated by liquid extraction and sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation and subsequently analyzed by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (RP-HPLC-ESI-MS) using poly-(styrene-divinylbenzene)-based(More)
PROBLEM Macrophages - together with natural killer (NK) cells - constitute the majority of bone marrow derived infiltrating cells in the decidua. As interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), a cytokine produced by NK cells, has been reported to induce expression of human leukocyte antigen (HLA-G) in monocytic cells, suggesting expression of HLA-G on decidua macrophages(More)
The use of tetrahydrofuran/decanol as porogens for the fabrication of micropellicular poly(styrene/divinylbenzene) monoliths enabled the rapid and highly efficient separation of peptides and proteins by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). In contrast to conventional, granular, porous stationary phases, in which the loading(More)
An overview of the intact molecular masses and the hydrophobic properties of the photosystem II (PSII) light-harvesting proteins in 14 different plant species is presented. The protein separation and identification was achieved by means of reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry. The good(More)
PROBLEM In the course of pregnancy, fetal trophoblast cells and in that of choriocarcinoma-etiology, trophoblast derived tumor cells, invade the uterine mucosa without causing rejection by decidual leukocytes. Fas ligand (FasL, CD95L, APO-IL), a central regulator of the immune system, has been implicated in the maintenance of immune privileged sites, such(More)
Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of multiply charged biopolymer ions of different molecular size revealed a strong influence of tuning parameters on their detectability in quadrupole ion trap and triple quadrupole mass spectrometers. Hence, after optimizing the ion optical parameters with the signal of the 4- charge state of (dT)(24) (low charge(More)
The analysis of rare cells is not an easy task. This is especially true when cells representing a fetal microchimerism are to be utilized for the purpose of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis because it is both imperative and difficult to avoid contaminating the minority of fetal cells with maternal ones. Under these conditions, even highly specific(More)
Post-translational nitration of proteins was analyzed by capillary reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) on-line interfaced to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI--MS) or tandem mass spectrometry (ESI--MS/MS). Both methods were compared using a tryptic digest of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and yielded sequence coverages(More)