Hanna L Puhakka

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Neointimal formation is a common feature after angioplasty, bypass grafting and stenting. Angioplasty damages endothelium, causing pathological changes in arteries which lead to smooth muscle cell proliferation, synthesis of extracellular matrix components and eventually restenosis formation. Adenoviruses offer an efficient transgene expression in the(More)
Oxidation of LDL generates biologically active platelet-activating factor (PAF)-like phospholipid derivatives, which have potent proinflammatory activity. These products are inactivated by lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), an enzyme capable of hydrolyzing PAF-like phospholipids. In this study, we generated an adenovirus (Ad) encoding human(More)
In this study we have attached cyclic targeting peptides by way of a poly-lysine spacer on the surface of an adenovirus using a transglutaminase enzymatic reaction to enhance transduction efficiency and to modify tissue tropism in vivo. Nuclear targeted lacZ- and TIMP-1-encoding adenoviruses were coupled to a peptide-motif (HWGF) that can bind to matrix(More)
Postangioplasty restenosis is a multifactorial process and involves mechanisms such as inflammation and stimulation of the expression of growth factors. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A(2) (Lp-PLA(2)) can modify inflammatory responses by hydrolyzing phospholipids with shortened and/or oxidized sn-2 residues. In this study, we tested a hypothesis that(More)
Bypass graft surgery is limited by stenosis of vein grafts. Neointimal formation in vein graft stenosis is affected by oxidative stress, acute inflammatory response, and proliferation. Gene therapy offers a novel treatment strategy for vein graft stenosis because gene transfer can be done ex vivo during the graft operation. In this study we used(More)
BACKGROUND Vein graft stenosis is a common problem after bypass surgery. Vein grafts are ideal targets for gene therapy because transduction can be made ex vivo before grafting. Since chemokines and inflammatory factors are involved in vein graft thickening, we tested a hypothesis that the vaccinia virus anti-inflammatory protein 35K which can sequester(More)
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