H Kirchner

Universitätsklinikum Schleswig - Holstein, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of platelet concentrates (PC) after photochemical treatment (PCT) with the INTERCEPT Blood System™ and transfused in routine use in a population of patients suffering from a variety of hematological diseases. This was an observational, single-arm, open-label study of pooled buffy-coat PC (n=298) or apheresis PC (n=262) treated with INTERCEPT™ and transfused to 51 thrombocytopenic hematology patients. PCT replaced CMV screening and gamma irradiation, and made optional bacterial testing obsolete. The primary study endpoint was the incidence of acute transfusion reactions (ATR). Secondary endpoints included bleeding assessment, platelet count increments, and adverse events (AE). For the 553 transfusions, a total of 55 AE were observed regardless of relationship to platelet transfusion. Ten AE associated with nine transfusions met the criteria for ATR (1.6%). All ATRs were grade 1. Twelve serious AE were reported in 10 patients, none was related to platelet transfusion. Mean 24-h CI and CCI were 10.9 × 10(9) and 6.6 × 10(3)/L, respectively. No bleeding complications were attributable to the INTERCEPT-treated PC. This study confirms safety and efficacy of pathogen inactivated PC for support of thrombocytopenia and demonstrated that INTERCEPT technology can easily be implemented in routine operations.
    Annals of Hematology 04/2011; 90(12):1457-65. DOI:10.1007/s00277-011-1222-3 · 2.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Among the family of herpes viruses, only cytomegalovirus (CMV) and, to a lesser extent, human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) are of relevance in transfusion medicine. Due to neutropism, herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 are considered to be of minor relevance. However, several reports gave evidence that a HSV DNAemia might occur and HSV could therefore be transmissible by blood products. The aim of our study was to collect data about prevalence of HSV antibodies among blood donors and to clarify whether HSV DNAemia is possible. HSV antibody states of 653 blood donors were investigated. Blood specimens of 46 patients with primary and recurrent HSV infection were tested for HSV-1 and HSV-2 DNA using TaqMan polymerase chain reaction. In 505 of the 653 blood donors HSV antibodies were detectable, most of which were HSV-1 antibodies. HSV DNA was detected in plasma, but not in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of seven rather seriously ill patients with primary herpes genitalis. No HSV viraemia was detectable in otherwise healthy patients with recurrent herpes labialis. Thus, HSV DNAemia is possible, but seems to be limited to primary infections and could not be detected in the recurrent infection. Therefore, blood donors with primary herpes infection should be deferred from donation. Blood donors with recurrent HSV infection are probably not at risk of transmitting HSV, but further studies are necessary to prove this hypothesis. Detection of HSV DNA in PBMCs as described formerly could not be confirmed by this study.
    Transfusion Medicine 09/2009; 20(1):38-47. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-3148.2009.00951.x · 1.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An in vitro erythropoiesis assay is a powerful tool for investigating red blood cell (RBC) development and diseases of the erythroid lineage. Most assays, however, failed in either proliferation or terminal differentiation. Here two liquid cultures (LCs) for in vitro generation of RBCs from peripheral blood CD34+ cells were compared. Granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor-mobilized CD34+ cells were cultured for 16 days in a two-phase LC (2P-LC; Days 1-8, stem cell factor [SCF], erythropoietin [EPO], insulinlike growth factor [IGF]-1, and steroids; Days 9-16, EPO and insulin) and for 21 days in a three-phase LC (3P-LC; Days 1-7, SCF, thrombopoetin, and Flt3-ligand; Days 8-14, SCF, EPO, and IGF-1; Days 15-21, EPO and IGF-1). Maturation was analyzed by flow cytometry (CD36, CD71, glycophorin A [GPA]) and microscopy. In the 2P-LC, cell numbers increased from 0.5 x 10(6) to 25.7 x 10(6) +/- 15.1 x 10(6) cells per mL. More than 95 percent were GPA+ and showed morphologic characteristics of normoblasts (52 +/- 15%) and enucleated reticulocytes (43 +/- 18%). In the 3P-LC, a higher overall proliferation to 55.7 x 10(6) +/- 37.7 x 10(6) cells per mL was achieved (p < 0.05). This was also accompanied by a high degree of normoblasts (36 +/- 16%) and reticulocytes (48 +/- 24%). The amount of GPA+ cells was slightly lower (88.4 +/- 16.4%), associated with a significantly higher contamination by nonerythroid cells (15.8 +/- 19.3% vs. 3.9 +/- 2.9%, p < 0.05). Both LCs were able to generate fully matured RBCs and represent powerful tools for fundamental research in erythroid development and diseases targeting the erythroid lineage. A slightly higher proliferation was achieved in the 3P-LC. This was associated with a limited homogeneity due to more nonerythroid cells, however. Therefore the 2P-LC is favored, also saving additional culture days and growth factors.
    Transfusion 03/2008; 48(6):1122-32. DOI:10.1111/j.1537-2995.2008.01653.x · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Deficiencies in early complement components are associated with the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and therefore early complement components have been proposed to influence B lymphocyte activation and tolerance induction. A defect in apoptosis is a potential mechanism for breaking of peripheral B cell tolerance, and we hypothesized that the lack of the early complement component C4 could initiate autoimmunity through a defect in peripheral B lymphocyte apoptosis. Previous studies have shown that injection of a high dose of soluble antigen, during an established primary immune response, induces massive apoptotic death in germinal centre B cells. Here, we tested if the antigen-induced apoptosis within germinal centres is influenced by early complement components by comparing complement C4-deficient mice with C57BL/6 wild-type mice. We demonstrate that after the application of a high dose of soluble antigen in wild-type mice, antibody levels declined temporarily but were restored almost completely after a week. However, after antigen-induced apoptosis, B cell memory was severely limited. Interestingly, no difference was observed between wild-type and complement C4-deficient animals in the number of apoptotic cells, restoration of antibody levels and memory response.
    Clinical & Experimental Immunology 11/2007; 150(1):132-9. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2249.2007.03456.x · 3.04 Impact Factor
  • Pharmacopsychiatry 09/2007; 40(05). DOI:10.1055/s-2007-991697 · 1.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic nephritis, arthritis and dermatitis, and the presence of antinuclear autoantibodies, is associated with complement factor deficiencies in the classical activation pathway. In addition, IFN-alpha seems to be a key cytokine in SLE as an activated IFN-alpha system is regularly observed in patients with SLE. Here, we demonstrate that in lupus-susceptible, complement C4-deficient mice the lack of complement results in elevated intravascular levels of apoptotic DNA. The apoptotic DNA is targeted to the splenic marginal zone where it accumulates and induces IFN-alpha. As such, we present here a unifying hypothesis for the induction of SLE that incorporates the role of complement deficiency and elevated levels of IFN-alpha.
    European Journal of Immunology 06/2007; 37(6):1702-9. DOI:10.1002/eji.200636719 · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The relationship between immunostimulation of human B cells by cytosine-phosphate-guanosine (CpG) -containing oligonucleotides and their physical cellular uptake is of mechanistic interest and a prerequisite for rational improvements of the therapeutic potential of CpG-harbouring oligonucleotides. Here, a combinatorial approach was used to identify nucleotide sequence motifs that facilitate increased cellular uptake in mammalian cells. Oligonucleotides harbouring the selected hexanucleotide TCGTGT in cis show increased cellular uptake. This motif contains a CpG dinucleotide within a sequence context that shows a very strong CpG-specific stimulatory activity on human B cells. Here we describe the influence of concentration, length and sequence position of the unmethylated CpG dinucleotide on immunostimulation. A comparison between phosphorothioate-derivatives and unmodified TCGTGT-containing oligonucleotides strongly indicates a great CpG-specificity for the unmodified CpG-harbouring oligonucleotides but not for the phosphorothioate versions. This work describes a link between the physical cellular uptake of naked oligonucleotides harbouring the selected cellular uptake motif TCGTGT, its strong CpG-specific stimulation of human B cells and its relationship with the sequence context of CpG and its cellular uptake.
    Immunology 03/2007; 120(2):261-72. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2567.2006.02497.x · 3.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Usually, a predonation hemoglobin (Hb) measurement must precede blood donation. Hb values of a donor's previous donation might be used for selecting a subgroup in which predonation Hb measurements are unnecessary. Only donors with historical Hb values below 129 or 139 g per L for female and male donors, respectively, underwent venous Hb measurement before phlebotomy with an automated hematology analyzer. All other donor phlebotomies were collected without initial Hb testing. Hb values from diversion samples from 81,913 consecutive donors between May 2003 and November 2005 were subsequently analyzed as representing their present values. Donors were grouped according to interdonation intervals of less than 6, 6 to 11, 12 to 23, and 24 months or more. The arithmetic mean deviation between historical and present Hb values was between -0.3 and +1.8 g per L for each group (mean deviation, 5.2-6.7 g/L). Not testing selected donors spared 77.7 percent from a prephlebotomy Hb measurement and showed a specificity of 29 percent. Sensitivities for detection of donors below Hb limits (between 56% and 67% for the different subgroups) and donors with Hb values below 110 g per L (82%-88%) were at least comparable to capillary Hb screening. A total of 4.8 percent of donors were phlebotomized with values below 125 and 135 g per L, whereas only 0.016 percent of donors were bled despite Hb levels below 110 g per L. Selecting donors for a current Hb measurement based upon their last whole-blood predonation Hb value is a useful method, even after prolonged interdonation intervals.
    Transfusion 01/2007; 46(12):2176-83. DOI:10.1111/j.1537-2995.2006.01049.x · 3.23 Impact Factor
  • D Hartwig · C Schütte · J Warnecke · I Dorn · H Hennig · H Kirchner · P Schlenke
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) RNA editing controls the formation of hepatitis-delta-antigen-S and -L and therefore indirectly regulates HDV replication. Editing is thought to be catalysed by the adenosine deaminase acting on RNA1 (ADAR1) of which two different forms exist, interferon (IFN)-alpha-inducible ADAR1-L and constitutively expressed ADAR1-S. ADAR1-L is hypothesized to be a part of the innate cellular immune system, responsible for deaminating adenosines in viral dsRNAs. We examined the influence of both forms on HDV RNA editing in IFN-alpha-stimulated and unstimulated hepatoma cells. For gene silencing, an antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotide against a common sequence of both forms of ADAR1 and another one specific for ADAR1-L alone were used. IFN-alpha treatment of host cells led to approximately twofold increase of RNA editing compared with unstimulated controls. If ADAR1-L expression was inhibited, this substantial increase in editing could no longer be observed. In unstimulated cells, ADAR1-L suppression had only minor effects on editing. Inhibition of both forms of ADAR1 simultaneously led to a substantial decrease of edited RNA independently of IFN-alpha-stimulation. In conclusion, the two forms of ADAR1 are responsible almost alone for HDV editing. In unstimulated cells, ADAR1-S is the main editing activity. The increase of edited RNA under IFN-alpha-stimulation is because of induction of ADAR1-L, showing for the first time that this IFN-inducible protein is involved in the base modification of replicating HDV RNA. Thus, induction of ADAR1-L may at least partially cause the antiviral effect of IFN-alpha in natural immune response to HDV as well as in case of therapeutic administration of IFN.
    Journal of Viral Hepatitis 04/2006; 13(3):150-7. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2893.2005.00663.x · 3.91 Impact Factor
  • Peter Schlenke · Holger Kirchner · Laurence Corash
    Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy 01/2005; 32(1):45-48. DOI:10.1159/000082730 · 1.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Defects of early complement components (C1, C4 and C2) are associated with the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The availability of complement knockout mice has increased our knowledge on the role of complement in the regulation of adaptive immunity. An impaired removal of apoptotic bodies, a disturbed clearance of IgG immune complexes (ICs) and an insufficient B-cell regulation via complement receptors CD21/CD35 have been discussed as explanations for the induction of autoimmunity; however, a unifying hypothesis for the loss of B-cell tolerance in the absence of C1 or C4 is still lacking. Using IgM-containing ICs, we observed a significant accumulation of antigen within the splenic marginal zone (MZ) of C4-deficient mice but not in C3-deficient or complement receptors CD21/CD35-deficient mice. The targeting of antigen toward the MZ restored adaptive immunity (antibody response and class switch) in C4-deficient animals. A new explanation for the association of SLE and complement C4 deficiency would be that in the absence of C4, natural antibodies (IgM type) localize more self-antigen toward the MZ so that the auto-antibody response is increased and autoimmune disease ensues. As such, an inadequate localization of self-antigens might be responsible for the annulment of peripheral B-cell tolerance in the absence of C4.
    International Immunology 01/2005; 16(12):1685-90. DOI:10.1093/intimm/dxh159 · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: RNA editing controls the formation of hepatitis-delta-antigen-S and -L and therefore plays a central role in the hepatitis-delta-virus (HDV) life-cycle. Editing is catalyzed by the enzyme Adenosine-deaminase-acting-on-RNA1 (ADAR1) of which two different forms, ADAR1-L and ADAR1-S, exist. As ADAR1-L is induced by interferon (IFN)-alpha, we examined the influence of IFN-alpha-stimulation of host cells on HDV-RNA editing. Editing was studied in Huh-7-cells transfected with HDV-RNA on days 7, 14, 21 and 28 after transfection. ADAR1-L mRNA was measured by RT-PCR. IFN-alpha-treatment led to a 5-fold higher expression of ADAR1-L and to an increase in editing from 14+/-2% (SD) in unstimulated controls to 27+/-4% (SD) on day 7 after transfection. Editing further increases over time to the same maximum level of 35% in IFN-alpha-treated as well as untreated cells. By IFN-alpha-stimulation both ADAR1-L expression and editing are increased in Huh-7-cells at day 7, and the maximum level of edited antigenomes is reached earlier with IFN-alpha-treatment as compared to untreated cells. Thus, ADAR1-L appears to be able to increase editing, but the HDV genome apparently has an intrinsic negative feed-back regulation mechanism that limits editing to roughly a third of the genomes.
    Journal of Hepatology 11/2004; 41(4):667-72. DOI:10.1016/j.jhep.2004.06.025 · 11.34 Impact Factor
  • J-M Brand · B Meller · K Von Hof · J Luhm · M Bähre · H Kirchner · C Frohn
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    ABSTRACT: The transfusion of natural killer (NK) lymphocytes into patients suffering from malignant diseases is an approach of current interest in the field of immunotherapy. Little is known about the organ distribution, survival, and clearance of donor immune effector cells in cellular therapy, and no reports exist on these important parameters considering NK cells in particular or any other type of allogeneic lymphocytes in humans. In the context of a clinical Phase I/II study we examined the distribution of transfused allogeneic NK cells in patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma. The NK cells were ex vivo cultivated and activated before transfusion. To assess the circulation of the transfused cells in the peripheral blood, we used a nested PCR technique to detect HLA DRB1 alleles of the NK cell donors. Post-transfusion, all patients showed evidence of circulating donor cells for up to 3 days. After 7 days, all donor cells were cleared from the blood to undetectable levels. To assess organ distribution, (111)In-labeled NK cells were injected and monitored by whole-body scintiscans. A distribution to the whole body, with preference for liver, spleen, and bone marrow, was observed after a short initial uptake in the lungs. No activity was observed in lymphatic nodes. A total of 2/4 evaluable metastases showed a clear accumulation of transfused NK cells. The half-life corrected activity in all body compartments remained almost constant over the 6-day observation period in concordance with the absence of any excretion of radioactivity. This may indicate an extended survival of the transfused cells, despite their foreign nature, in the host organism.
    Stem Cells and Development 07/2004; 13(3):307-14. DOI:10.1089/154732804323099235 · 3.73 Impact Factor
  • Dirk Hartwig · Isabel Dorn · Holger Kirchner · Peter Schlenke
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    ABSTRACT: CD34+ PBPCs for autologous transplantation purposes are collected by leukapheresis procedures on automated cell separators. In this study, the influence of different parameters on collection efficiency (CE) of the Amicus Crescendo cell separator (Baxter) was investigated. A total of 146 PBPC collections with Amicus cell separators were performed in 56 patients with either settings recommended by the manufacturer or modified settings to identify variables that have a significant and important impact on CE. By use of a standard setting with a cycle volume of 1400 mL, CE significantly decreases when patients' preapheresis peripheral blood WBC counts are between 25,000 and 35,000 per micro L. CE can be improved if cycle volume is reduced to 1000 mL. If WBC concentrations exceed 55,000 per micro L before apheresis, CE also significantly decreases despite of reduced cycle volume. Additionally, high flow rates greater than 60 mL per minute significantly reduce CE. Parameters influencing the outcome of CD34+ PBPC collections were identified, such as patients' WBC count, cycle volume, and whole blood flow rate. An optimized adjustment of these variables will further increase the CE of the device.
    Transfusion 06/2004; 44(5):758-63. DOI:10.1111/j.1537-2995.2004.03411.x · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The transfusion of allogenic, in vitro expanded natural killer cells (NKC) is a novel therapy option in oncology. To date, however, the biodistribution and kinetics of allogenic NKC have not been investigated. Therefore, in this study three patients with renal cell carcinoma received 3-7 x 10(8) NKC labelled with indium-111 oxine with a tenfold excess of unlabelled cells during NKC therapy. Whole-body scintigrams were obtained (0.5-144 h) in the anterior and posterior views. Scintigrams were analysed using a region of interest technique, and single-photon emission tomography (SPET) studies of the abdomen were performed. Results were compared to those obtained with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the peripheral blood (determination of foreign DNA, nested PCR, limit of detection 0.01%). Shortly after transfusion of NKC, more than 50% of the activity was accumulated in the lungs. We observed redistribution effects from lungs to liver, spleen and bone marrow. No significant loss of activity could be detected. In two of four large metastases, tracer accumulation could be proven by SPET. As confirmed by scintigrams and PCR, the fraction of circulating transfused cells was low at all times. Long-term activity retention might be caused either by survival of the allogenic cells, as confirmed by PCR (up to 3 days p.i.), or by phagocytosis of labelled cellular fragments. However, PCR data and uptake in metastases indicated long survival of a portion of allogenic NKC. Such long survival and low retention of the cells in the lung are requirements for an effective immunotherapeutic approach.
    European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging 04/2004; 31(3):403-7. DOI:10.1007/s00259-003-1398-4 · 5.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The peptide hormone prolactin (PRL) is produced by specialized cells in the anterior pituitary gland and in a number of sites outside the pituitary. Its biological actions consist of various roles in reproduction, lactation, and of a number of homeostatic biological activities that also include immune functions. Elevated serum PRL concentrations often correlate with abnormalities in immune responses. To determine the influence of PRL on human immune cells, human whole blood cultures were stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), supplemented with various concentrations of human recombinant PRL. We found that PRL, at concentrations achievable during pregnancy, anesthesia and medication, significantly amplified interleukin (IL)-12 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) synthesis in LPS-stimulated cultures, in a dose-dependent manner. Conversely, synthesis of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 only increased significantly at very high concentrations of supplemented PRL. PRL alone was not able to induce any measurable secretion of TNF-alpha, IL-10, or IL-12 in non-stimulated, whole blood cultures. However, we demonstrated that PRL, by itself or in combination with LPS, causes an increase in the binding activity of the transcription factors nuclear factor-kappaB (NFkappaB) and interferon regulatory factor-1 (IRF-1), which are known to promote TNF-alpha and IL-12 secretion. These data suggest that PRL promotes pro-inflammatory immune responses via NFkappaB and IRF-1, which may affect pathophysiological processes in physiological hyperprolactinemic states.
    European cytokine network 04/2004; 15(2):99-104. · 1.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, we demonstrated an association of the IL-6 promoter polymorphism at position -174 (G-->C) with kidney allograft survival whereby carriers of the -174GG genotype were identified as having superior graft survival. As two additional polymorphisms were discovered in the neighborhood at positions -572 (G-->C) and -597 (G-->A), respectively, and as functional studies revealed a cooperative impact of all three on the IL-6 gene transcription, we investigated whether there is a combined effect on kidney transplant outcome. We determined IL-6 promoter haplotypes -597 (G-->C)/-572 (G-->A)/-174 (G-->C)(-597/-572/-174haplotype) using a PCR system with sequence-specific primers in 158 patients after primary cadaveric kidney transplantation. We here show that the -597 and -174 polymorphism are in tight-linkage disequilibrium and that homozygous carriers of the GGG-597/-572/-174 haplotype (GGG/GGG genotype) have superior 3-year graft survival rates compared with the 8.0-fold increased risk of premature graft loss in all other patients. Interestingly, patients carrying the GGG/GCG genotype had the lowest allograft survival rate. Thus determination of the combined -597/-572/-174 genotype allows for further differentiation of -174GG patients into subgroups and consequently for a more accurate identification of patients at risk. Our results indicate that the three polymorphisms act in a cooperative fashion and we provide evidence for an exceptional clinical impact of the IL-6-597/-572/-174 genotype on the success of kidney transplantation.
    American Journal of Transplantation 03/2004; 4(3):402-6. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2004.00356.x · 5.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To optimize immunosuppressive treatment in individual transplant patients, functional measurements of the effects of tacrolimus (FK 506) are of clinical importance. Previous investigations have demonstrated the occurrence of tacrolimus-resistant production of interleukin-2 (IL-2) in vitro, which may explain in part why rejection episodes are still a frequent problem despite attainment of therapeutic blood concentrations and HLA matching. However, an adequate surrogate marker to define the tacrolimus response in individual patients has not been established. We investigated the immunosuppressive effects of tacrolimus on anti-CD3/anti-CD28 T-cell costimulation in a human whole-blood assay, analyzing T-cell proliferation, activation marker expression (CD25, CD69), IL-2 protein expression, and cytokine mRNA expression in vitro (n = 11 healthy individuals). We also quantified IL-2 mRNA expression in patients undergoing tacrolimus (n = 4) or cyclosporin A (CsA; n = 4) monotherapy before ex vivo living-donor kidney transplantation. T-cell proliferation; CD25, CD69, and IL-2 concentrations; and IL-4 mRNA were significantly decreased in vitro. In contrast, cytokine mRNA profiles revealed variable tacrolimus sensitivity. Whole-blood samples from 3 of 11 healthy individuals demonstrated marked suppression of IL-2 mRNA expression (>50%) when tacrolimus was administered in vitro. When CsA was added to whole-blood cultures, the influence on IL-2 mRNA expression was comparable to that of tacrolimus in 9 of 11 individuals. Two individuals responded conversely, indicating that differences in the in vitro response to tacrolimus and CsA among individuals may be attributable to potential heterogeneity in the involvement of the CD28 pathway. Kinetic profiles of IL-2 mRNA expression also revealed individually distinct degrees of calcineurin inhibitor sensitivity in patients undergoing tacrolimus or CsA monotherapy before living-donor kidney transplantation. Our results suggest an individual degree of calcineurin inhibitor sensitivity of activated whole-blood lymphocytes based on IL-2 mRNA expression. Our approach is potentially valuable for identifying transplant patients in whom IL-2 mRNA expression is unaffected or even enhanced after initiation of immunosuppressive therapy. Such individuals may be less sensitive to the immunosuppressive agent and therefore at increased risk of transplant rejection. Prospective studies are necessary to determine the correlation of IL-2 mRNA expression with the clinical risk of transplant rejection.
    Clinical Chemistry 02/2004; 50(1):141-51. DOI:10.1373/clinchem.2003.024950 · 7.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The existence of atypical lymphocytes with specific morphological characteristics in the peripheral blood of schizophrenic patients has been suggested in several reports over the last 40 years. In our study this observation was examined not only by using the formerly applied method of light microscopy for general cell distribution and lymphocyte morphology but also by applying flow cytometry, a well established immunological method for lymphocyte patterns such as lymphocyte subgroups and lymphocyte activity. In contrast to the previously published data, our results demonstrated no differences in cell distribution (lymphocytes, polymorphonuclear cells, eosinophil and basophil granulocytes, monocytes), lymphocyte morphology ("atypical lymphocytes" vs. "normal lymphocytes"), distribution of lymphocyte-subtypes (T-cells (CD3(+)), T-helper-cells (CD3(+)/CD4(+)), cytotoxic T-cells (CD3(+)/CD8(+)), B-cells (CD19(+)), NK-cells (CD3(-)/CD56(+))) or state of T-lymphocyte activity (CD25(+) or HLA-DR(+)-cells) in schizophrenic patients compared to healthy controls. We suggest that possible immunological alterations in schizophrenia do not correlate with morphological characteristics of lymphocytes observable by light microscopy or an altered state activity of T-lymphocytes examined by flow cytometric parameters. Further studies should concentrate on intracellular and functional aspects of the different lymphocyte subgroups.
    The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 02/2004; 5(1):33-7. DOI:10.1080/15622970410029905 · 4.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Selective attention processes (N2 and P3 components of event-related potentials (ERPs)) have been shown to be impaired in depressed patients but findings have been mixed. Part of this variability might be explained by neurobiological factors. ERPs (Go/Nogo paradigm) were investigated in patients with remitted major depression in relation to S100B. S100B, an astroglial protein with neuroplastic properties, has been shown to be increased in depression. Its pathophysiologic role in depression, however, is not yet sufficiently understood. Patients with increased S100B serum levels (n=6) showed a normal N2- and P3-amplitude in contrast to a reduced N2- and P3-amplitude in patients with normal S100B serum levels (n=6). These findings provide evidence of a correlation between S100B levels and attentional processes in patients with recurrent depression and further substantiate S100B's role as a marker in the course of affective disorders.
    Neuroscience Letters 02/2004; 354(1):69-73. DOI:10.1016/j.neulet.2003.09.062 · 2.03 Impact Factor

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  • 2007–2011
    • Universitätsklinikum Schleswig - Holstein
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 2007–2009
    • University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 1990–2008
    • Universität zu Lübeck
      • • Institut für Transfusionsmedizin
      • • Department of Internal Medicine I
      Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 1990–2004
    • Institute for Transfusion Medicine
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2001
    • Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mannheim
      Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1999
    • proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1998
    • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
      Gieben, Hesse, Germany
  • 1997
    • Universität Paderborn
      Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1995
    • Biotest Pharma GmbH
      Dreieich, Hesse, Germany
  • 1994–1995
    • University of Hamburg
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1993
    • Red Cross
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1977–1990
    • German Cancer Research Center
      • Division of Immunogenetics
      Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1988
    • Universität Ulm
      Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1985
    • Concordia University–Ann Arbor
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    • Central Institute of Mental Health
      Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1984
    • Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research
      DYL, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1982
    • Institut für Immunologie und Genetik
      Kaiserlautern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • 1981
    • Università degli Studi di Torino
      Torino, Piedmont, Italy
  • 1977–1980
    • Universität Heidelberg
      • • German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ)
      • • Institute of Papyrology
      • • Institute of Pharmacology
      Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1978
    • National Institutes of Health
      Maryland, United States