Gudrun Stenbeck

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Bone implants infected with Staphylococcus epidermidis often require surgical intervention because of the failure of antibiotic treatment. The reasons why such infections are resistant to therapy are poorly understood. We have previously reported that another bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus, can invade bone cells and thereby evade antimicrobial therapy. In(More)
Cytolethal distending toxin (CDT), which is encoded by three genes, cdtA, cdtB and cdtC, is now recognized to have a growing list of biological actions, including inhibition of cell cycle progression, promotion of apoptosis and stimulation of cytokine secretion. It appears that internalization of CDT is essential, at least for cell cycle blockade. Using(More)
Vesicular trafficking is critical for the function of bone cells, exemplified by bone diseases such as osteopetrosis, which frequently results from defects in this process. Recent work has further dissected the role of the endolysosomal system in both bone formation by osteoblasts and bone resorption by osteoclasts. This pathway also plays an important role(More)
BACKGROUND One important aspect of cellular function, which is at the basis of tissue homeostasis, is the delivery of proteins to their correct destinations. Significant advances in live cell microscopy have allowed tracking of these pathways by following the dynamics of fluorescently labelled proteins in living cells. OBJECTIVES This paper explores(More)
UNLABELLED Interaction between the complement system and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can modify their intended biomedical applications. Pristine and derivatised CNTs can activate complement primarily via the classical pathway which enhances uptake of CNTs and suppresses pro-inflammatory response by immune cells. Here, we report that the interaction of C1q, the(More)
The heterotrimeric globular head (gC1q) domain of human C1q is made up of the C-terminal ends of the three individual chains, ghA, ghB, and ghC. A candidate receptor for the gC1q domain is a multi-functional pattern recognition protein, gC1qR. Since understanding of gC1qR and gC1q interaction could provide an insight into the pleiotropic functions of gC1qR,(More)
Nanoparticles are attractive drug delivery vehicles for targeted organ-specific as well as systemic therapy. However, their interaction with the immune system offers an intriguing challenge to the success of nanotherapeutics in vivo. Recently, we showed that pristine and derivatised carbon nanotubes (CNT) can activate complement mainly via the classical(More)
Dominant or recessive mutations in the progressive ankylosis gene ANKH have been linked to familial chondrocalcinosis (CCAL2), craniometaphyseal dysplasia (CMD), mental retardation, deafness and ankylosis syndrome (MRDA). The function of the encoded membrane protein ANK in cellular compartments other than the plasma membrane is unknown. Here, we show that(More)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are increasingly being developed for use in biomedical applications, including drug delivery. One of the most promising applications under evaluation is in treating pulmonary diseases such as tuberculosis. Once inhaled or administered, the nanoparticles are likely to be recognised by innate immune molecules in the lungs such as(More)
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