Mari Kaarbø

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Fibroblasts infected by Human Cytomegalovirus (CMV) undergo a robust increase in mitochondrial biogenesis with a corresponding increase in mitochondrial activity that is partly dependent on the viral anti-apoptotic pUL37x1 protein (vMIA). The increased respiration activity is blocked by the mitochondrial translation inhibitor chloramphenicol, which(More)
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer and the third leading cause of cancer mortality in men. In the initial stages, prostate cancer is dependent on androgens for growth, which is the basis for androgen ablation therapy. However, in most cases, prostate cancer progresses to a hormone refractory phenotype for which there is no(More)
Several studies have implicated the aquaporins (aqp) 1, 4, and 9 in the pathogenesis of malignant brain tumours, suggesting that they contribute to motility, invasiveness, and oedema formation and facilitate metabolism in tumour cells under hypoxic conditions. We have studied the expression of aqp1, 4, and 9 in biopsies from glioblastomas, isolated tumour(More)
BACKGROUND Androgen receptor (AR) and the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling are two of the most important pathways implicated in prostate cancer. Previous work has shown that there is crosstalk between these two pathways; however, there are conflicting findings and the molecular mechanisms are not clear. Here we studied the AR-PI3K pathway(More)
TCTP has been implicated in a plethora of important cellular processes related to cell growth, cell cycle progression, malignant transformation and inhibition of apoptosis. In addition to these intracellular functions, TCTP has extracellular functions and plays an important role in immune cells. TCTP expression was previously shown to be deregulated in(More)
We have used molecular techniques, combined with classic embryological methods, to identify up-regulated genes associated with early heart development. One of the cDNAs identified and isolated by screening a chick lambda cDNA library was the small guanosine triphosphatase RhoA. RhoA has at least three different length mRNA species, each varying in the(More)
Adaptive natural killer (NK) cell responses to human cytomegalovirus infection are characterized by the expansion of NKG2C(+) NK cells expressing self-specific inhibitory killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs). Here, we set out to study the HLA class I dependency of such NKG2C(+) NK cell expansions. We demonstrate the expansion of NKG2C(+) NK(More)
Earlier findings from our laboratory implicated RhoA in heart developmental processes. To investigate factors that potentially regulate RhoA expression, RhoA gene organisation and promoter activity were analysed. Comparative analysis indicated strict conservation of both gene organisation and coding sequence of the chick, mouse, and human RhoA genes.(More)
IL-33, required for viral clearance by cytotoxic T cells, is generally expressed in vascular endothelial cells in healthy human tissues. We discovered that endothelial IL-33 expression was stimulated as a response to adenoviral transduction. This response was dependent on MRE11, a sensor of DNA damage that can also be activated by adenoviral DNA, and on(More)
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a prevalent and disabling condition affecting adolescents. The pathophysiology is poorly understood, but immune alterations might be an important component. This study compared whole blood gene expression in adolescent CFS patients and healthy controls, and explored associations between gene expression and neuroendocrine(More)