Martin E Johansson

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The tubules of the kidney display a remarkable capacity for self-renewal on damage. Whether this regeneration is mediated by dedifferentiating surviving cells or, as recently suggested, by stem cells has not been unequivocally settled. Herein, we demonstrate that aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity may be used for isolation of cells with progenitor(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the association of the PD-1.3 polymorphism within the PDCD1 gene in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) from the homogeneous population in northern Sweden. The PD-1.3A allele was analyzed in relation to disease manifestations and severity representing various phenotypes of SLE. METHODS The study group comprised 260(More)
The gene PTPN22 is located on chromosome 1p13 and encodes a protein tyrosine phosphatase called the lymphoid-specific phosphatase (Lyp). Lyp is expressed in lymphocytes, where it physically associates through its proline-rich motif (called P1) with the SH3 domain of the protein tyrosine kinase Csk, an important suppressor of the Src family of kinases Lck(More)
INTRODUCTION Autoantibodies have a central role in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence of autoantibodies preceding disease onset by years has been reported both in patients with SLE and in those with rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting a gradual development of these diseases. Therefore, we sought to identify autoantibodies in a northern European(More)
The PTPN22 1858C/T polymorphism has been associated with several autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We have shown that carriage of the T variant (CT or TT) of PTPN22 in combination with anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies highly increases the odds ratio for developing RA. In the present study we analysed the(More)
Membranous nephropathy is one of the most common causes of nephrotic syndrome in adults. Recent reports suggest that treatment with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) reduces proteinuria, but the mechanism of action is unknown. Here, we identified gene expression of the melanocortin receptor MC1R in podocytes, glomerular endothelial cells, mesangial cells,(More)
We analysed relationships between the PTPN22 1858 polymorphism and antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP), rheumatoid factors (RFs) and the shared epitope (SE) gene (HLA-DRB1*0404 or 0401) and determined their combined predictive value for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in individuals who subsequently developed RA. This case-control study was nested(More)
The molecular factors regulating interspecific interaction between the saprotrophic biocontrol fungus Phlebiopsis gigantea and the conifer pathogen Heterobasidion parviporum were investigated. We constructed cDNA libraries and used expressed sequence tag analysis for the identification and characterization of genes expressed during the self and(More)
Loss of the tumor suppressor gene von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) plays a key role in the oncogenesis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC). The loss leads to stabilization of the HIF transcription complex, which induces angiogenic and mitogenic pathways essential for tumor formation. Nonetheless, additional oncogenic events have been postulated to be required(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse associations of two oestrogen receptor alpha (ORalpha) gene polymorphisms in 260 patients with SLE from northern Sweden. The two polymorphisms, PvuII T/C and the XbaI A/G, are located in the first intron of the ORalpha gene. METHODS All patients fulfilling at least four of the ACR criteria for SLE were consecutively recruited during(More)