Mikko Savontaus

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BACKGROUND Macrophages associated with arterial wall lipid deposition contribute to inflammatory processes. Tissue factor (TF) has been implicated in the thrombogenicity of atherosclerotic plaques. Intimal cells undergoing apoptosis have been postulated as a source for TF. However, there is only limited knowledge of cell type, plaque component, and(More)
The small extracellular matrix proteoglycan decorin which possesses a potent antitumor activity has been shown to be present in various amounts in the stroma of several tumors including those of the breast. Regarding decorin in breast malignancies the published data are conflicting, i.e., whether breast cancer cells express it or not. Here, we first(More)
PURPOSE To elucidate the function of type II collagen in the development and diseases of the eye by analyzing the temporospatial expression of the long (IIA) and short (IIB) isoforms of type II collagen in the normal and transgenic Dell mice. METHODS Normal and Dell transgenic embryos harboring a deletion mutation in the pro alpha 1 (II) collagen chain(More)
Clinical gene therapy trials for cardiovascular diseases have demonstrated the crucial role of efficient gene delivery and transfection technologies in achieving clinically relevant results. We hypothesized that the use of tropism-modified adenoviruses would improve transduction efficacy and to this end we analyzed the transduction efficiency and toxicity(More)
Melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) derived from the pro-hormone pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) has potent effects on metabolism and feeding that lead to reduced body weight in the long-term. To determine the individual roles of POMC derived peptides and their sites of action, we created a method for the delivery of single MSH peptides using lentiviral(More)
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