Stefan Jovinge

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It has been difficult to establish whether we are limited to the heart muscle cells we are born with or if cardiomyocytes are generated also later in life. We have taken advantage of the integration of carbon-14, generated by nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War, into DNA to establish the age of cardiomyocytes in humans. We report that cardiomyocytes(More)
Recent studies have suggested that bone marrow cells might possess a much broader differentiation potential than previously appreciated. In most cases, the reported efficiency of such plasticity has been rather low and, at least in some instances, is a consequence of cell fusion. After myocardial infarction, however, bone marrow cells have been suggested to(More)
Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) plays a key role in orchestrating the complex events involved in inflammation and immunity. Accordingly, TNF-alpha has been implicated in a wide range of autoimmune and infectious diseases, but also in conditions such as obesity and insulin resistance. The regulation of TNF-alpha expression in man is indicated to be(More)
OBJECTIVE Inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis. One of the most potent pro-inflammatory cytokines is tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a cytokine identified to have a pathogenic role in chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of the study was to evaluate the importance of TNF-alpha in atherogenesis.(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are expressed in atherosclerotic plaques, where in their active form, they may contribute to vascular remodeling and plaque disruption. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that membrane type 1 MMP (MT1-MMP), a novel transmembrane MMP that activates pro-MMP-2 (gelatinase A), is expressed in human(More)
Stroke induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion leads to transiently increased progenitor proliferation in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and long-lasting striatal neurogenesis in adult rodents. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is upregulated in stroke-damaged brain. Whether TNF-alpha and its receptors influence SVZ progenitor proliferation after(More)
BACKGROUND Conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs), a group of fatty acids shown to have beneficial effects in animals, are also used as weight loss supplements. Recently, we reported that the t10c12 CLA-isomer caused insulin resistance in abdominally obese men via unknown mechanisms. The aim of the present study was to examine whether CLA has isomer-specific(More)
Cellular cardiomyoplasty is an attractive option for the treatment of severe heart failure. It is, however, still unclear and controversial which is the most promising cell source. Therefore, we investigated and examined the fate and functional impact of bone marrow (BM) cells and embryonic stem cell (ES cell)-derived cardiomyocytes after transplantation(More)
We investigated whether inflammatory cytokines or oxidized low density lipoproteins (Ox-LDL) present in human atheroma modulate extracellular matrix degradation by inducing membrane type 1-matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) expression. Cultured human endothelial cells (EC) constitutively expressed MT1-MMP mRNA and protein with enzymatic activity. Tumor(More)
The uptake of oxidatively modified low density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL) by intimal macrophages is believed to play a key role in the development of atherosclerosis. The present study demonstrates that Ox-LDL in low concentrations activates monocyte/macrophage release of factors that stimulate smooth muscle cell growth, whereas higher concentrations are(More)