Maria Kotka

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Transporter proteins of the solute carriers (SLCs) family play a role in epithelial permeability and barrier function in the intestine, and polymorphisms in SLC genes are associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Many SLCs also mediate the bioavailability of pharmaceutical compounds, and the modulation of such transport systems to increase drug efficacy(More)
The two estrogen receptor isoforms ERα and ERβ mediate biological effects of estrogens, but are also targets for endocrine disruptive chemicals (EDCs), compounds that interfere with hormonal signaling. 3-Methylcholanthrene (3-MC) and dioxin (TCDD) are EDCs and prototypical aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists, and can inhibit ER signaling. However, in(More)
Enterolactone (EL) is an enterolignan produced by gut microbiota from dietary plant lignans. Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest that EL and plant lignans may reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. These effects are thought to at least in part involve modulation of estrogen receptor activity.(More)
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