Matti Tapani Karp

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In this paper we describe the construction and use of a set of bioluminescent yeast strains for the detection of compounds that can affect androgen or estrogen receptor mediated hormonal signalling. The set includes Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains expressing human androgen receptor (AR), estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) or estrogen receptor beta (ERbeta),(More)
Luminescent bacterial strains for the measurement of bioavailable arsenite and antimony were constructed. The expression of firefly luciferase was controlled by the regulatory unit of the ars operon of Staphylococcus aureus plasmid pI258 in recombinant plasmid pTOO21, with S. aureus RN4220, Bacillus subtilis BR151, and Escherichia coli MC1061 as host(More)
BACKGROUND Triacylglycerols are used in various purposes including food applications, cosmetics, oleochemicals and biofuels. Currently the main sources for triacylglycerol are vegetable oils, and microbial triacylglycerol has been suggested as an alternative for these. Due to the low production rates and yields of microbial processes, the role of metabolic(More)
A public concern is continuously arising about the presence of natural and anthropogenic compounds which affect human health by modulating normal endocrine functions. These substances, defined as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC) represent an heterogeneous class of molecules either steroidal or not, sharing the ability of interfering with the endocrine(More)
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and human glandular kallikrein 2 (hK2) are glandular kallikreins secreted by the prostate gland. Both enzymes are synthesized with a propeptide that is supposedly cleaved off in the prostate to yield the mature forms found in semen. We have purified and characterised recombinant PSA and hK2 produced in eucaryotic cells.(More)
A sensor plasmid was constructed by inserting the regulation unit from the cadA determinant of plasmid pI258 to control the expression of firefly luciferase. The resulting sensor plasmid pTOO24 is capable of replicating in Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The expression of the reporter gene as a function of added extracellular heavy metals was(More)
We found that the human intestinal isolate Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 strongly adhered to Caco-2 cells. Proteinase K and lithium chloride treatments showed that proteins play a key role in MIMBb75 adhesion to Caco-2 cells. By studying the cell wall-associated proteins, we identified a surface protein, which we labeled BopA. We purified the protein(More)
The selection of a genetic reporter can be difficult because of the wide range of genes available. In order to reduce the selection, we compared the performance of different reporter genes: firefly luciferase (Photinus pyralis lucFF), bacterial luciferase operon (Photorhabdus luminescens luxCDABE), green fluorescent protein (Aequorea victoria gfp), and red(More)
We demonstrate in this study that the toxicity of solid and highly colorful samples can be measured with kinetic bioassay using luminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri. The Flash assay, named after the test protocol, is performed with a tube luminometer. In this method, each sample acts as a reference for itself, and therefore, the color correction is(More)
Human glandular kallikrein 2 (hK2) is a serine protease expressed mainly by the prostate gland with 80% identity in primary structure to prostate specific antigen (PSA). hK2 has proven to be a useful marker of prostate cancer which can be used in combination with PSA to better discriminate between prostate cancer and benign prostate hyperplasia. The studies(More)