Kirsi Laitinen

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Chlamydia pneumoniae infection has been associated with cardiovascular diseases in seroepidemiological studies and by demonstration of the pathogen in atherosclerotic lesions. It has the capacity to infect several cell types, including monocyte-derived macrophages, which play an essential role in the development of atherosclerosis. However, the persistence(More)
The effects of simvastatin treatment on Chlamydia pneumoniae lung infection, inflammation, and serum lipids in mouse model were studied. Simvastatin decreased viable chlamydial counts and increased inflammatory cell infiltrates in the lung tissue, suggesting that simvastatin treatment had both antichlamydial and immunomodulatory effects during an acute C.(More)
Elevated serum lipids are linked to cardiovascular diseases calling for effective therapeutic means to reduce particularly LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. Plant stanols reduce levels of LDL-C by partly blocking cholesterol absorption. Accordingly the consumption of foods with added plant stanols, typically esterified with vegetable oil fatty acids in(More)
Induction of immunity against experimental Chlamydia pneumoniae infection 4 List of original publications This thesis is based on the following original articles referred to in the text by their Roman numerals. The articles in this thesis have been reproduced with the permission of the copyright holders. In addition, some unpublished data are presented.(More)
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