Hanna E Hirvonen

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We have previously identified two novel members of the fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) gene family expressed in K562 erythroleukemia cells. Here we report cDNA cloning and analysis of one of these genes, named FGFR-4. The deduced amino acid sequence of FGFR-4 is 55% identical with both previously characterized FGFRs, flg and bek, and has the(More)
OBJECTIVE Local cryotherapy is used to relieve pain and inflammation in injuries and inflammatory conditions. Whole-body cryotherapy is an extreme method administered at -110 degrees C for 2 to 3 minutes. The aim of the study was to compare the effect of cryotherapies on pain and inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Sixty(More)
Deregulated expression of myc proto-oncogenes is implicated in several human neoplasias. We analysed the expression of c-myc, N-myc, L-myc, max and RB1 mRNAs in a panel of human gliomas and glioma cell lines and compared the findings with normal neural cells. The max and RB1 genes were included in the study because their protein products can interact with(More)
Genetic subtypes of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors (AR) may mediate distinct physiological functions, and undergo differential cell type-specific regulation. Thus, these distinct receptor subtypes are possible targets for the development of subtype-selective drugs. We have analyzed the tissue distribution of two human alpha 2-adrenoceptor subtype gene mRNAs,(More)
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are congenital lesions composed of abnormal vasculature, with no capillary component, and are clinically significant due to their tendency to spontaneously hemorrhage. The mechanisms regulating the genesis and progression of these lesions are unknown. In order to study the role of angiogenesis in AVMs, we have analyzed the(More)
The expression of mRNAs for type I and type II procollagens, transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) and c-fos was studied in developing human long bones by Northern blotting and in situ hybridization. The cells producing bone and cartilage matrix were identified by hybridizations using cDNA probes for types I and II collagen, respectively. Northern(More)
We have analysed c-myc, N-myc and L-myc gene expression in developing human fetal brain by Northern hybridization, RNAase protection and in situ hybridization. The unique zonal organization of the developing fetal brain allows a particularly good assessment of the coupling of myc gene expression to cell proliferation and differentiation in vivo. By Northern(More)
Reduced respiratory sinus arrhythmia, measured as heart rate variability, is a reliable indicator of autonomic nervous dysfunction, reflecting a damage in vagal cardiac control. The authors studied the heart rate variability (HRV) of nine children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia during the different phases of cytostatic treatment utilizing heart(More)
The myc proto-oncogenes encode nuclear DNA-binding phosphoproteins which regulate cell proliferation and differentiation. The c-myc gene is implicated in hematopoietic malignancies on the basis of its frequent deregulation in naturally occurring leukemias and lymphomas. Recent evidence suggests that also the N-myc and L-myc genes may have a role in normal(More)
OBJECTIVE Acute stress in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) should stimulate a strong stress response. After cryotherapy, we expected to observe an increase of hormones of the adrenal gland and the sympathetic nervous system. METHODS A total of 55 patients with RA were recruited for whole-body cryotherapy at -110 degrees C and -60 degrees C, and(More)