Janne O. Koskinen

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The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of the new mariPOC(®) method against the direct fluorescent antibody assay (DFA) as the primary reference method for rapid virus detection from nasopharyngeal aspirates and swab samples. The study was an open prospective evaluation during the seasonal winter epidemics in the Mikkeli Central Hospital,(More)
The authors measured serum C-reactive protein (CRP) serially in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who participated the PRISMS study using a high-sensitivity technique. CRP values were similar in patients with MS and in healthy controls but higher during MS relapses than in remission (p = 0.010). CRP levels were lower during treatment with high-dose(More)
Respiratory viruses cause seasonal epidemics every year. Several respiratory pathogens are circulating simultaneously and typical symptoms of different respiratory infections are alike, meaning it is challenging to identify and diagnose different respiratory pathogens based on symptoms alone. mariPOC® is an automated, multianalyte antigen test which allows(More)
Exposure of the skin to UV radiation induces local inflammation. We hypothesized that inflammation induced by erythemal UV-B irradiation could elevate levels of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and that suberythemal repeating doses of solar-simulating UV radiation (SSR) would produce photoadaptation to such inflammation. Separation-free high-sensitivity(More)
During pregnancy, alterations take place in mother’s immune system with the goal of maintaining a successful pregnancy, and delivering healthy offspring. Immune alterations include activation of the innate immune system and dampening of cell-mediated adaptive immunity. Due to these alterations, cell-mediated autoimmune diseases typically ameliorate during(More)
mariPOC is a novel point-of-care test system for rapid detection of respiratory tract infections. We compared the performance of the mariPOC test to that of bacterial culture for detecting group A streptococcus (GAS) in 219 pharyngitis patients (ages 1-64 years) and 109 healthy asymptomatic controls (ages 19-69 years). In addition, 42 patient samples were(More)
A novel methodology is introduced for rapid serological diagnosis. This methodology combines the antibody bridging assay principle with the measurement of antibody avidity. The combination allows the determination of the infection phase with a single dilution of a single sample of serum. This is a significant improvement on current serological techniques(More)
A new lab-on-a-chip compatible binding assay platform is introduced. The platform combines dry-chemistry bioaffinity reagents and the recently introduced ArcDia TPX binding assay technique. The technique employs polymer microspheres as a solid phase reaction carrier, fluorescently labeled antibody conjugates, and detection of fluorescence emission from the(More)