Hellevi Peltoketo

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A number of enzymes possessing 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase/17-ketosteroid reductase (17HSD/KSR) activities have been described and cloned, but their nomenclature needs specification. To clarify the present situation, descriptions of the eight cloned 17HSD/KSRs are given and guidelines for the classification of novel 17HSD/KSR enzymes are presented.
Wnt-4 is a signaling factor with multiple roles in organogenesis, a deficiency that leads to abnormal development of the kidney, pituitary gland, female reproductive system, and mammary gland. Wnt-4 is expressed in the cortical region of the developing adrenal gland from embryonic d 11.5 onward, especially in the outermost part. Expression of Cyp11B2 and(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal tissue interactions play a central role in vertebrate organogenesis, but the molecular mediators and mechanisms of these morphogenetic interactions are still not well characterized. We report here on the expression pattern of Wnt-2b during mouse organogenesis and on tests of its function in epithelial- mesenchymal interactions during(More)
Rapid non-genomic actions of progesterone are implicated in many aspects of female reproduction. Recently, three human homologues of the fish membrane progestin receptor (mPR) have been identified. We combined bioinformatic analysis with expression profiling to define further the role of these mPRs in human reproductive tissues. Sequence analysis confirmed(More)
The Wnt family member Wnt4 is critical for the development of several organs, including the kidney, gonad, and adrenal, mammary, and pituitary glands. To study its potential postnatal functions, we generated a floxed Wnt4 allele. A single loxP site was targeted to the second intron, while a loxP-Neo-loxP cassette was placed 3' from Exon 5. The floxed Neo(More)
Wnt-4, a member of the Wnt family of secreted signaling molecules, is essential for nephrogenesis, but its expression in the presumptive medulla suggests additional developmental roles in kidney organogenesis. We demonstrate here that Wnt-4 signaling plays also a role in the determination of the fate of smooth muscle cells in the medullary stroma of the(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal tissue interactions regulate the formation of signaling centers that play a role in the coordination of organogenesis, but it is not clear how their activity leads to differences in organogenesis. We report that type XVIII collagen, which contains both a frizzled and an endostatin domain, is expressed throughout the respective(More)
17 beta-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases/17-ketosteroid reductases (17HSDs) modulate the biological activity of certain estrogens and androgens by catalyzing reductase or dehydrogenase reactions between 17-keto- and 17 beta-hydroxysteroids. In the present study, we demonstrate expression cloning of a novel type of 17HSD, chronologically named 17HSD type 7,(More)
17beta-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (17HSDs) have a central role in the regulation of the biological activity of sex steroid hormones. There is increasing evidence that in addition to their importance in gonads, these hormones also have substantial metabolic roles in a variety of peripheral tissues. In the present study, the cDNA of human 17HSD type 7 was(More)