Antti Ropponen

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Glucocorticoids are commonly used in the treatment of lymphoid malignancies. In this study, we show that apoptosis induced by dexamethasone (Dex), a synthetic glucocorticoid, was dependent on mitochondria, since overexpression of Bcl-X(L) prevented Dex-induced apoptotic changes. Dominant negative (DN) caspase-9 also prevented Dex-induced apoptotic changes(More)
The anti-proliferative effects of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors and 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1alpha,25(OH)2D3] converge via the interaction of un-liganded vitamin D receptor (VDR) with co-repressors recruiting multiprotein complexes containing HDACs and via the induction of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor (CDKI) genes of the INK4 and Cip/Kip(More)
Despite the wide use of anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in the cancer treatment of B cell malignancies, the signalling pathways of CD20-induced apoptosis are still not understood. By using dominant negative (DN)-caspase-9 overexpressing follicular lymphoma cells we demonstrated that the activation of caspase-9 was essential for rituximab-mediated apoptosis.(More)
CD95/Fas and CD40 receptors are important regulators of cell survival during germinal center reaction. In this study we used a human follicular lymphoma cell line, HF1A3, to study molecular mechanisms of CD95-mediated apoptosis and CD40-induced rescue from apoptosis. CD95 stimulation induced activation of caspase-8 and -3, collapse of mitochondrial membrane(More)
Glucocorticoids are commonly used in the treatment of various lymphoid malignancies. In the present study, we show that dexamethasone (Dex) induced depolarization of mitochondrial membrane, release of cytochrome c and DNA fragmentation in a human follicular lymphoma cell line, HF28RA. New protein synthesis was required before Dex-induced mitochondrial(More)
In the present study we used a human follicular lymphoma cell line, HF1A3, as an in vitro model for the antigen-driven selection process in germinal centers. Apoptosis can be induced in HF1A3 cells by B cell receptor (BCR) stimulation, but the molecular mechanisms and kinetics of this process are largely unknown. We demonstrate here that there is over 12 h(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous stem cell transplantation is commonly used to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs). Cellular composition of the blood grafts apparently has a role in the posttransplant hematologic and immune recovery. Plerixafor increases the mobilization of CD34+ cells and higher amounts of various lymphocyte subsets have been reported in the grafts.(More)
Limited data is available about the factors affecting early immune recovery or its clinical significance after autologous stem cell transplantation (auto-SCT). We prospectively analyzed factors affecting early immune recovery and outcome among 72 non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients. Absolute lymphocyte count 15 d after auto-SCT (ALC-15) ≥ 0.5 × 10(9)/L was(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous stem cell transplantation is a standard treatment in multiple myeloma (MM). Blood grafts are usually collected after mobilization with granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) alone or in a combination with cyclophosphamide (CY). There is limited knowledge of the possible effects of different mobilization regimens on blood graft(More)
Hyaluronan synthases (HAS1-3) are unique in that they are active only when located in the plasma membrane, where they extrude the growing hyaluronan (HA) directly into cell surface and extracellular space. Therefore, traffic of HAS to/from the plasma membrane is crucial for the synthesis of HA. In this study, we have identified Rab10 GTPase as the first(More)