Johanna Lahdenranta

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Pulmonary gas exchange relies on a rich capillary network, which, together with alveolar epithelial type I and II cells, form alveolar septa, the functional units in the lung. Alveolar capillary endothelial cells are critical in maintaining alveolar structure, because disruption of endothelial cell integrity underlies several lung diseases. Here we show(More)
With the development and maturation of the technology of displaying peptides on bacteriophage, it has become possible to isolate peptide ligands to various targets. In the phage display strategy, up to 10(9) peptides of different permutations are expressed on the surface of filamentous phage. Thus, peptides capable of binding target molecules in vitro and(More)
Interleukin-11 (IL-11) is a pleiotropic cytokine approved by the FDA against chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia. From a combinatorial selection in a cancer patient, we isolated an IL-11-like peptide mapping to domain I of the IL-11 (sequence CGRRAGGSC). Although this motif has ligand attributes, it is not within the previously characterized interacting(More)
PURPOSE Sorafenib is a multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor with therapeutic efficacy in several malignancies. Sorafenib may exert its anti-neoplastic effect in part by altering vascular permeability and reducing intra-tumoral interstitial hypertension. As correlative science with a phase II study in patients with advanced soft-tissue sarcomas (STS), we(More)
We have previously identified ligands from combinatorial peptide libraries that target tumor vasculature after in vivo selection. These ligands bind to differentially expressed receptors in angiogenic vasculature such as alpha(v)beta3/alpha(v)beta5 integrins, aminopeptidase N, and aminopeptidase A. We hypothesized that we can use these ligands to target(More)
Human cancers are incredibly diverse with regard to molecular aberrations, dependence on oncogenic signaling pathways, and responses to pharmacological intervention. We wished to assess how cellular dependence on the canonical PI3K vs. MAPK pathways within HER2+ cancers affects responses to combinations of targeted therapies, and biomarkers predictive of(More)
Understanding the molecular pathways by which oncogenes drive cancerous cell growth, and how dependence on such pathways varies between tumors could be highly valuable for the design of anti-cancer treatment strategies. In this work we study how dependence upon the canonical PI3K and MAPK cascades varies across HER2+ cancers, and define biomarkers(More)
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