Outi E. Päiväniemi

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Epithelial cell injury, inflammation, progressive fibrosis, and airway obliteration are histological features of post-transplant obliterative bronchiolitis (OB). Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is expressed in acute and chronic inflammatory responses. Our aim was to elucidate the possible role of COX-2 in post-transplant OB by using a heterotopic bronchial porcine(More)
The local immunoreactivity of C-reactive protein (CRP) was studied in a heterotopic porcine model of posttranplant obliterative bronchiolitis (OB). Bronchial allografts and control autografts were examined serially 2-28 days after subcutaneous transplantation. The autografts stayed patent. In the allografts, proliferation of inflammatory cells (P < .0001)(More)
Tenascin is expressed in inflammatory and fibroproliferative processes, both contributing to posttransplant obliterative bronchiolitis (OB) in association with epithelial cell injury and airway obliteration. We studied bronchial allografts to elucidate the role of tenascin during this alloimmune response. Bronchial segments were subcutaneously implanted(More)
BACKGROUND Epithelial cell injury, inflammation, fibrosis and airway obliteration result in remodeling of terminal bronchi in post-transplant obliterative bronchiolitis. Tenascin as an extracellular matrix glycoprotein is expressed in several remodeling processes. METHODS Heterotopic bronchial allografts of pigs were studied to assess tenascin expression(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchial epithelium is a target of the alloimmune response in lung transplantation, and intact epithelium may protect allografts from rejection and obliterative bronchiolitis (OB). Herein we study the influence of chimerism on bronchial epithelium and OB development in pigs. METHODS A total of 54 immunosuppressed and unimmunosuppressed(More)
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