Mari Björkman

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Our knowledge on tissue- and disease-specific functions of human genes is rather limited and highly context-specific. Here, we have developed a method for the comparison of mRNA expression levels of most human genes across 9,783 Affymetrix gene expression array experiments representing 43 normal human tissue types, 68 cancer types, and 64 other diseases.(More)
Our understanding of key epigenetic regulators involved in specific biological processes and cancers is still incomplete, despite great progress in genome-wide studies of the epigenome. Here, we carried out a systematic, genome-wide analysis of the functional significance of 615 epigenetic proteins in prostate cancer (PrCa) cells. We used the high-content(More)
Gene fusions between prostate-specific, androgen responsive TMPRSS2 gene and oncogenic ETS factors, such as ERG, occur in up to 50% of all prostate cancers. We recently defined a gene signature that was characteristic to prostate cancers with ERG activation. This suggested epigenetic reprogramming, such as upregulation of histone deactylase 1 (HDAC1) gene(More)
BACKGROUND Meta-analysis of gene expression microarray datasets presents significant challenges for statistical analysis. We developed and validated a new bioinformatic method for the identification of genes upregulated in subsets of samples of a given tumour type ('outlier genes'), a hallmark of potential oncogenes. METHODOLOGY A new statistical method(More)
T helper (Th) cells differentiate into functionally distinct effector cell subsets of which Th1 and Th2 cells are best characterized. Besides T cell receptor signaling, IL-12-induced STAT4 and T-bet- and IL-4-induced STAT6 and GATA3 signaling pathways are the major players regulating the Th1 and Th2 differentiation process, respectively. However, there are(More)
IL-12 and IL-18 are essential for Th1 differentiation, whereas the role of IFN-alpha in Th1 development is less understood. In this microarray-based study, we searched for genes that are regulated by IFN-alpha, IL-12, or the combination of IL-12 plus IL-18 during the early differentiation of human umbilical cord blood CD4(+) Th cells. Twenty-six genes were(More)
Hormonal therapies targeting androgen receptor (AR) are effective in prostate cancer (PCa), but often the cancers progress to fatal castrate-resistant disease. Improved understanding of the cellular events during androgen deprivation would help to identify survival and stress pathways whose inhibition could synergize with androgen deprivation. Toward this(More)
Alterations in epigenetic processes probably underlie most human malignancies. Novel genome-wide techniques, such as chromatin immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing, have become state-of-the-art methods to map the epigenomic landscape of development and disease, such as in cancers. Despite these advances, the functional significance of(More)
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