Anna Liisa Tamm

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The YadA surface protein of enteropathogenic Yersinia species contains two highly hydrophobic regions: one close to the amino terminal, and the other at the carboxy-terminal end of the YadA polypeptide. To study the role of these hydrophobic regions, we constructed 66 bp deletion mutants of the yadA genes of Yersinia enterocolitica serotype O:3 strain(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the role of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), immunoperoxidase staining for CMV specific antigens, virus isolation and antibody assays were applied to study samples from patients with RA of less than one year's duration. RESULTS By PCR, CMV DNA was detected in(More)
The aim of this study was to describe longitudinal changes in body composition, leptin, adiponectin, and ghrelin over a 36-month period in prepubertal rhythmic gymnasts (RG) and their age-matched untrained controls (UC) entering into puberty. Thirty-five RG (8.0 ± 0.6 yrs) and 33 UC (8.2 ± 0.6 yrs) were followed at 12-month intervals for the next 3 years.(More)
Rhythmic gymnastics as high-impact bone loading sport has positive effects on bone mineralization in prepubertal years. Sclerostin and preadipocyte factor-1 (Pref-1) are hormones that inhibit bone formation. The present study demonstrates that these hormones are higher in gymnasts, and gymnasts present higher bone mineral density (BMD) as compared to(More)
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