Sirpa Leppä

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The two MAP kinases JNK and ERK direct distinct cellular activities even though they share a number of common substrates, including several transcription factors. Here we have compared JNK and ERK signalling during PC12 cell differentiation and investigated how activation of c-Jun by the MAPKs contributes to this cellular response. Exposure to nerve growth(More)
UNLABELLED Based on small single-centre series, the risk of invasive fungal infections (IFI) has been considered small in autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) recipients. PURPOSE To analyse epidemiological and clinical features of (IFI) among ASCT recipients in Finland 1990-2001. PATIENTS During the study period, 1188 adult patients received high-dose(More)
EGF-R regulates cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in fibroblasts. However, the connection of EGF-R with downstream signaling pathways mediating these responses has remained elusive. Here we provide genetic and biochemical evidence that EGF-R- and AP-1-mediated signals are required for MMP expression and collagen contraction in fibroblasts. In(More)
Collagenase-3 (matrix metalloproteinase 13; MMP-13) is a novel matrix metalloproteinase, the expression of which to date has only been detected in human breast carcinoma tissue and osteoarthritic cartilage. Here, we show that MMP-13 transcripts are expressed by human HaCaT keratinocytes but not by primary human epidermal keratinocytes. The levels of MMP-13(More)
PURPOSE Tumor-associated macrophage (TAM) content predicts survival in follicular lymphoma (FL) patients treated with chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to determine how combination of rituximab with chemotherapy influences TAM-associated clinical outcome. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Expression of a macrophage marker, CD68, was determined(More)
Syndecan-1 is a ubiquitous and multifunctional extracellular matrix proteoglycan,which mediates basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) binding and activity. Shedding of syndecan-1 ectodomain from the plasma membrane is highly regulated. We evaluated the influence of soluble syndecan-1 and serum bFGF determined by ELISA on outcome in 184 lung cancer patients(More)
Gene expression profiling studies initially enabled diffuse large B-cell lymphoma to be divided into germinal center and activated B-cell-like subtypes, which define high- and low-risk patient groups when treated with chemotherapy. Attempts to reproduce the prognostic classification immunohistochemically have, however, provided inconsistent results. The aim(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine whether serum matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) -2 and MMP-9 levels could predict overall and disease-free survival in primary node-positive breast cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN MMP-2 and MMP-9 levels were quantitatively measured in serum after surgery from 133 patients with primary node-positive breast cancer(More)
The prognostic impact of the tumor microenvironment in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma has not been systematically assessed. We analyzed mRNA and antigen expression of monocytes, macrophages, lymphocytes, dendritic and natural killer cells in pretreatment tumor samples of patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma using gene expression microarray(More)
MAPK-dependent activation of AP-1 protein c-Jun is involved in PC12 cell differentiation and apoptosis. However, the role of other AP-1 proteins and their connection to MAPKs during growth, differentiation and apoptosis has remained elusive. Here we studied the activation of AP-1 proteins in response to ERK, JNK, and p38 signaling upon NGF, EGF and(More)